Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, home of the Marine Corps' Atlantic Coast fixed-wing, fighter-attack aircraft assets, is among the United States military's most important installations. Consisting of some 6,900 acres, the installation is home to two Navy and seven Marine Corps F/A-18 squadrons.
A premier recruiting organization and basic training installation, the depot is dedicated to recruiting the best young men and women possible, training and transforming them and making/sustaining Marines imbued with core values and the ideal of selfless service to the nation. Often referred to simply as Parris Island, the installation's mission statement is, "We Make Marines."
The Coast Guard Sector Charleston is located in historic Charleston at the base of the Battery. Charleston is a seagoing port with access to both the Ashley River and Cooper River. This leaves the Sector in an ideal position for many seagoing missions as well as a variety of shore-based activities.
Joint Base Charleston is one of 12 Department of Defense Joint Bases and is host to over 60 Department of Defense and Federal agencies. The Wing delivers installation support to a total force of over 90,000 Airmen, sailors, soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees across four installations including Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Weapons Station Charleston, the latter of which is located in Goose Creek and Hanahan.
The SC State Guard is an all-volunteer state organization whose members quickly respond when serious natural or man-made disasters hit our state. Headquartered in Columbia, the state guard has three brigades located in Charleston, Columbia, and Fountain Inn.
Shaw Air Force Base is home to the Air Force's largest combat F-16 wing – the 20th Fighter Wing – whose mission is to provide combat-ready airpower and combat-ready Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere. Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central, Third Army, US Army Central, and many other tenant units.
Historic Forts and Military Bases in South Carolina
Originally called the Charleston Navy Yard, the Charleston Navy Base was developed in 1901 on the property of Chicora Park in present-day North Charleston. The Charleston Navy Base operated from 1903 until 1996.