South Bend Mayor Buttigieg heading back home after 7-month military deployment to Afghanistan


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SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The mayor of South Bend is on his way back home from a military deployment to Afghanistan that began nearly seven months ago.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) posted photos to Facebook Tuesday showing the interior of a plane packed with military personnel. Spokeswoman Kara Kelly tells the South Bend Tribune ( ) the exact date of the mayor's return isn't known, but he is expected back at City Hall in early October.

Joseph Buttigieg says he received a message from his son Tuesday saying that he had left Afghanistan, although the timing of his arrival in the United States wasn't clear.

The 32-year-old Democrat was elected mayor in 2011. He is a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and served as an intelligence officer during his deployment.

Information from: South Bend Tribune,

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