FORT JACKSON — Gov. Nikki Haley’s husband is leaving with his Army National Guard unit for a month of training before deploying to Afghanistan.

Guard Maj. Cindi King says Capt. Michael Haley’s unit departs Thursday for Camp Atterbury in Indiana. The unit is not scheduled to return to South Carolina before the yearlong mission.

Gov. Haley’s office issued a statement saying hers is a proud military family who understands the sacrifices any family goes through when a love one is deployed.

Michael Haley’s is the third South Carolina Army National Guard group to work for a year with Afghan farmers to improve farming practices.

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.