Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 11645 MILITARY SERVICE www.beaufortsc.org MarinerecruitscometoBeauforttobetrained, tested and transformed into the world’s fiercest fighting force. Visitors can experience the area’s military ties on less rigorous terms. One of the world’s most-visited military facili- ties, Parris Island is home to the legendary Marine CorpsRecruitDepotandtheParrisIslandMuse- um.Everyyear,nearly20,000UnitedStatesMarine Corps recruits (all the nation’s female recruits and all male recruits east of the Mississippi River) de- scend on Parris Island to prepare for service. There are 35 recruit graduation ceremonies a year, always on Friday, and they are open to the public. To ex- periencethetime-honoredtradition,justbringyour driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of autoinsuranceforentrancetothebase. At the Parris Island Museum, the Marine Corps’ first Command Museum, more than 10,000 square feet of exhibits honor the history and tradition of the Marine Corps. The muse- um also highlights the region’s history, from its American Indian roots to its discovery by Euro- peans 450 years ago to the founding of the Depot. The Marine Corps Air Station Beau- fort boasts Marine F/A-18 squadrons that create the “sound of freedom” sometimes heard overhead. The Fightertown family consists of nearly 5,000 active duty and civilian employ- ees (more than 8,500 active-duty armed forces members live and work in the Beaufort area). At any given time, squadrons of this established air station are deployed around the globe. The military family here has recently ex- panded. MCAS Beaufort is now home to two training squadrons and three operational squad- rons of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. military’s cutting edge, state-of-the-art aircraft. Just 10 miles down the road, on the site of the former Fort Frederick (built in 1735) and Camp Saxton (a Civil War garrison), the Beau- fort Naval Hospital occupies 127 acres. One of only a few military facilities recognized as a com- plete military compound, the hospital features A Legacy of Service The Beaufort area is honored to host three military institutions.