The State of South Carolina has a long and significant military tradition from the Revolutinary War to the present war on terror. Our state also has a signifcant presence of military bases which provides a strong economic impact for the state and local communities. Many military retirees also choose to live in South Carolina for retirement. In fact, per capita, South Carolina has more military retirees living in our state than any other state in the United States!
Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 50 percent of all Soldiers and 70 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Providing the Army with trained, disciplined, motivated and physically fit warriors who espouse the Army's core values and are focused on teamwork is the post's primary mission. Accomplishing that mission means training in excess of 50,000 basic training and advanced individual training Soldiers every year.
Fort Jackson is home to the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the U.S. Army Chaplains Center and School and the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment (formerly the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute). The fort will continue to grow in the coming years as a result of the recent Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s decision to make Fort Jackson the home of the Army’s only Drill Sergeant School, the Department of Defense Joint Center of Excellence for Military Chaplaincy and one of four new Regional Readiness Sustainment Commands.
Fort Jackson is located in the city of Columbia.
Fort Jackson * U.S. Army
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, project and sustain combat-ready air forces. Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces (USCENTAF), whose primary mission is to project decisive air and space power for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and America.
Shaw Air Force Base is located adjacent to Sumter and approximately 44 miles from Columbia.
Shaw Air Force Base * U.S. Air Force
Charleston Air Force Base
The 437th Airlift Wing, together with the 315th Airlift Wing (Reserves), provides a large part of Air Mobility Command's global reach airlift capability. The mission is to fly C-17s and provide airlift of troops and passengers, military equipment, cargo and aeromedical equipment and supplies.
Twenty C-17 Globemaster III's took off from Charleston Air Force Base on December 21, 2006 which launched a record-breaking formation of C-17 aircraft. It was the largest formation of C-17's to take flight from a single base. Click for pictures
Charleston Air Force Base is located near Charleston.
Charleston Air Force Base * U.S. Air Force
McEntire Joint National Guard Base
The South Carolina Air National Guard was formed in December 1946 and today is made up of 1,200 members who train at McEntire Joint National Guard Base. About 900 of those assigned to the SCANG are traditional Guard men and women who work in the community and train part-time with the Air National Guard. About 300 federal employees serve as full-time technicians at McEntire and drill with their respective Air Guard units. The 169th Fighter Wing is the primary unit of the SCANG. The mission of the 169th FW is to maintain wartime readiness and the ability to mobilize and deploy expeditiously to carry out tactical air missions or combat support activities in the event of a war or military emergency. The SCANG operates as part of the Total Force of the U.S. military and is fully integrated with the active duty Air Force to perform its military mission. The 169th FW flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a single-seat multi-purpose fighter with the capability to fly at up to twice the speed of sound. The South Carolina Air National Guard is a part of The South Carolina Military Department Office Of The Adjutant General.
McEntire Joint National Guard Base is located near Eastover and 12 miles from Columbia.
South Carolina Air National Guard * Air National Guard
Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,095 acre military installation tasked with the training of enlisted Marines. Male recruits living east of the Mississippi River and female recruits from all over the USA report here to receive their initial training. Parris Island is one of the most visited military facilities in the world, hosting more than 120,000 visitors a year.
Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island is located near Beaufort and 20 miles from Hilton Head Island.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort * U.S. Marines
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is the home of Marine Aircraft Group 31, which is comprised of seven F/A-18 Hornet squadrons, an aviation logistics squadron and a headquarters element. The mission of Marine Aircraft Group 31 is to conduct anti-air warfare and offensive air support operations in support of Fleet Marine Forces from advance bases, expeditionary airfields, and aircraft carriers, and to conduct such other air operations as may be directed.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is located near Beaufort and 70 miles from Charleston.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort * U.S. Marines
Naval Weapons Station Charleston
Naval Weapons Station Charleston is located on the west bank of the Cooper River near Charleston. The base encompasses more than 17,000 acres, 16-plus miles of waterfront, four deep-water piers, 38.2 miles of railroad and 292 miles of road.
The Weapons Station has expanded its mission with over 40 tenant commands, and today is a training center, with the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Nuclear Power Training Unit, Propulsion Facility, and Border Patrol satellite academy; East Coast Consolidated Brig; Mobile Mine Assembly Unit; Explosive Ordnance Detachments; Marine Corps Reserve Center; an engineering complex, with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR, this is the largest employeer in the Charleston area) and is close to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast; 100+ above-ground ammunition magazines, maintenance and storage of military ordnance including mines, and serves as an Army logistics hub, the busiest continental United States surface port in the defense transportation system.
Naval Weapons Station Charleston * U.S. Navy
Coast Guard Sector Charleston
Coast Guard Sector Charleston is located on the east side of the Ashley River within the historical district of the City of Charleston. This base participates in the five missions of the Coast Guard: maritime safety, maritime security, maritime mobility, national defense, and, protection of natural resources. The Coast Guard Charleston Base was first commissioned at its present site in 1914 and the administration building, built in 1859, is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston * U.S. Coast Guard
South Carolina Relic Room & Military Museum - the State's Military History Museum in Columbia. The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia area. The Museum serves as an educational, historical and cultural resource for the citizens of South Carolina and visitors. The Museum collects and preserves artifacts relating to, or associated with, all eras of South Carolina military history for exhibition, to educate and engage its visitors.
Patriot's Point Museum - The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in the summer of 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown appeared on the horizon of Charleston Harbor.
Patriots Point would become one of the largest museums of its kind in the world with the addition of other ships such as the destroyer USS Laffey, submarine USS Clamagroe, and Coast Guard Cutter Ingham. Other exhibits include war planes on the flight deck, Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp, the Cold War Submarine Memorial, and the Medal of Honor Memorial Museum.
Medal of Honor Memorial Museum - The new, interactive Congressional Medal of Honor Museum aboard the USS YORKTOWN is now open to the public and is included in your admission to Patriots Point. On May 23, 2007, an exceptional gathering of more than forty Medal of Honor recipients helped to cut the ribbon and open the doors to the new Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
– George Washington
General and Commander-in-Chief & First President of the United States of America
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