By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley's husband is scheduled to leave with his Army National Guard unit for a month of training before deploying to Afghanistan.
Guard spokeswoman Maj. Cindi King says Michael Haley's unit departs Thursday for Camp Atterbury in Indiana. The unit isn't slated to return before leaving on the yearlong mission.
Haley's unit will be the third South Carolina Army National Guard group to work for a year with Afghan farmers to improve farming practices.
The unit is formally known as the 3-49th Agribusiness Development Team and will work in Helmand province.
Haley joined the guard as an officer in 2006. This will be his first deployment overseas. He has served as a medical service corps officer and a planning officer in the Guard's Columbia headquarters.