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Djou returning to Hawaii following Afghanistan deployment

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Former congressman Charles Djou is returning to Hawaii after a deployment to Afghanistan with his Army Reserve unit.

Djou, who plans to run again for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, deployed in September with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division as an adviser on the rule of law in a province near the Afghanistan and Pakistan border.

His pending return was announced late Monday by his wife, Stacey, in an email to supporters.

"I wanted to share with you the good news that Charles is on his way home from Afghanistan," her email stated. "After many months of deployment in one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan, we are happy and relieved to finally have him on American soil and coming home to Hawaii soon."

Djou is a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Army Reserve.

He is expected to face Democrat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Nov. 6 general election in a rematch of the 2010 election won by Hanabusa when Djou was the incumbent. Djou served in Congress after winning a special election to fill the final months of the term vacated by Neil Abercrombie, who resigned to run for governor.

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