Nikki Haley's husband back home for leave from deployment

ashain@thestate.comMay 20, 2013 

FILE PHOTO: From Jan. 10 - First Gentleman Michael Haley, spent time with his wife, Gov. Nikki Haley, their son Nalin, 10, and daughter Rena, 14, and other family members as he prepared to deploy for Afghanistan with other members of his agriculture training group.

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S.C. First Gentleman Michael Haley is back home for up to two weeks of leave from a year-long S.C. National Guard deployment in Afghanistan, the governor’s office said Monday.

The husband of Gov. Nikki Haley, a captain in the guard, left for Afghanistan in January as a part of a 47-member unit of agricultural and business professionals aiding local farmers.

He returned to South Carolina on Monday morning a few days earlier than expected, leading the governor to postpone two public events and a campaign fundraiser planned in Charleston today, her spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

Her weekly schedule that was released today had no other events this week.

Deployed guard members can request up to two weeks of leave, guard spokeswoman Maj. Cindi King said. Decisions are made by their commanders, she said.

Haley, 43, is thought to be the first spouse of a sitting governor to go to a combat zone with the Guard, the National Guard Association has said.

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