Capt. Michael Haley, husband of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, returned home Thursday from his deployment to Afghanistan as a member of a S.C. National Guard unit. The governor and the couple’s two children greeted the state’s First Gentleman upon his arrival in Columbia.
“It has been a great tour, but long 11 months in Afghanistan,” Haley posted Wednesday on his Facebook page as his reunion with his family grew closer. “I am very much looking forward to coming home to my family and the great state of South Carolina!"
“Michael and I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support during his year long deployment,” Haley posted on her Facebook page Thursday with photos of the family’s reunion. “We got our Christmas wish today. Merry Christmas!”
Through photos posted on his Facebook page, Haley has given residents of the Palmetto State occasional glimpses of his unit during his deployment. Trying to stay in touch with events back home, he even posted a photo of himself with a Clemson University flag on the day the Tigers played Florida State this fall, a football game that did not go well for Clemson.
Haley was home for a two-week visit this summer before returning to finish his mission. His unit’s return is on schedule with the time announced when the group deployed in January.