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      Haley's husband Michael deploys with SC Guard

      A soldier about to deploy with an SC Army National Guard unit kisses his pregnant wife's belly. The unit is not scheduled to return to South Carolina before the yearlong mission.

      EASTOVER, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley and her family have bid a tearful farewell to her husband Michael as he leaves with a South Carolina National Guard unit for a month of training and then deployment to Afghanistan.

      Capt. Michael Haley wrapped his arms around his wife and two children, ages 10 and 14, as his unit was given a send-off Thursday by several hundred family members, friends and Guard officials at a National Guard site outside Columbia.

      The Republican governor issued a statement saying "we are a proud military family who understands the sacrifices any family goes through when a loved one is serving his or her country."

      Haley's spokesman, Rob Godfrey, said the governor's office is not aware of any other governor's spouse who is deployed with the uniformed military.