February 2, 2021

For Public Release: MEC Statement on the Parris Island Protection Act

Understanding the vital importance of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to our nation’s security, the Military Enhancement Committee (MEC) of Beaufort County wholeheartedly supports the passage of the Parris Island Protection Act. The Parris Island Protection Act would prevent the use of federal funds to close or plan to close MCRD Parris Island.

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island plays an integral role in this nation’s defense and has done so since 1915. “We Make Marines” is more than a saying; it is a proven fact. Over 1 million Marines have been successfully trained at Parris Island and have fought in every major military action since World War I. The Act recognizes MCRD Parris Island’s ongoing mission and critical role.

The sponsors and co-sponsors of The Parris Island Protection Act include:

  • US Rep Nancy Mace (SC-1)
  • US Rep Joe Wilson (SC-2) Senior Member House Armed Services Committee
  • US Rep Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
  • US Rep William Timmons (SC-4)
  • US Rep Ralph Norman (SC-5)
  • US Rep Tom Rice (SC-7)
  • US Rep Tom Tiffany (WI-7)

The Military Enhancement Committee joins numerous other political leaders including Senator Graham, Senator Scott, Governor McMaster, Mayor DeVito (Port Royal) and Mayor Murray (Beaufort) in their support for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.

About the Military Enhancement Committee:
The Military Enhancement Committee of Beaufort County (MEC) is an Auxiliary Committee of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce to enhance the quality and value of the military installations of Beaufort County and to lay the framework to defend these three military bases with regard to any threats, including base realignments and closures, and to establish procedures and contingency plans in the event one or more of these military installations is closed or realigned.