Meghan Hughes (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the news that the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort has been awarded squadrons of F-35s.
According to the Record of Decision from the U.S. Marine Corps, they will implement Alternative 1, the preferred alternative, which includes basing 3 F-35B operational squadrons and the PTC (Pilot Training Center). The PTC is composed of 2 squadrons, totaling 40 aircraft.
“This decision, where the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort receives the nation’s most advanced fighter, will ensure that MCAS Beaufort will be a viable and integral part of the Marine Corps and our national defense as far as the eye can see. Christmas came early this year.
“This is wonderful news and I could not be more pleased with today’s announcement. Beaufort has a long and storied history with the Marine Corps. With the decision today, Beaufort will continue to play an integral role in the future of the Corps.
“This announcement would not have been possible without the tremendous work of Congressman Wilson, our local elected officials, the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, the Military Enhancement Committee, and the strong community support. It truly was a team effort. Each of these interests made their own compelling case that Beaufort was the right location for this important mission.
“South Carolina has long answered the nation’s call when it comes to the defense and protection of our nation. We should all be proud to know that Beaufort and our state will continue to be on the tip of the spear when it comes to protecting our nation and our interests around the globe.”