South Carolina – Military Bases

South Carolina SC Military Bases

Active US Military Bases in South Carolina

Beaufort Bases

  • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
    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.

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Eastern Recruiting Region - Parris Island
    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."

Charleston Bases

  • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
    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
    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.

Columbia Bases

Sumter Bases

  • Shaw Air Force Base
    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

  • Beaufort Arsenal
    Built in 1798, its history traces back to the Revolutionary War; it now houses a museum and doubles as an event site.

  • Camp Croft - Spartanburg
    This WWII Army Infantry Replacement Center operated from 1940-1946 and now comprises the site of Camp Croft State Park.

  • Charleston Navy Base - North Charleston
    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.

  • Donaldson Air Force Base - Greenville
    Once called "The Airlift Capital of the World" for its contributions in the Berlin airlift, Korean War, and Cold War, Donaldson closed in 1962 and is now used as an industrial park.

  • Fort Johnson - James Island
    Built in 1759, this fort was actively used during the Revolutionary War; soldiers here later fired the first shot of the Civil War.

  • Fort Moultrie - Sullivan's Island
    This historic Revolutionary War fort now serves as a museum.

  • Fort Sumter - Charleston
    Fort Sumter was built after the War of 1812 as one of a series of forts protecting the southern coast of the United States.

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