First Gentleman Michael Haley To Be Deployed in Afghanistan
Deployment begins in January, preparations begin immediately.
Michael Haley, husband to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, was notified on Monday that he received orders for deployment in Afghanistan. The deployment is expected to last one year.
Michael Haley released the following statement after hearing of his orders.
“This deployment is the reason I joined the National Guard. It is important to me to be able to give back. So, in that regard, I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve with a great team from South Carolina. The only thing that gives me pause is the year long deployment away from family. But in the end, I can't help but to think giving one year along with my fellow soldiers, as many have done before me, to secure a life of freedom for my family is well worth all that comes with it.”
Nikki Haley added, "I know the sacrifices a family goes through when a loved one is serving his or her country. I also know the amazing pride we feel in watching them drop everything to serve. Our time has come, and it is an honor to watch him serve our country. Our family could not be more proud of Michael and every man and woman who puts on a uniform.”
Michael Haley is a military technician for the South Carolina National Guard and a Medical Service Corps officer in the Army National Guard. He has served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Commander of an Area Support Medical Company.
The Haleys have a daughter and son, ages 14 and 11.