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MCAS Beaufort

Marine Aircraft Group 31
Drayton Street, Beaufort, SC  29906

marines at the MCAS Beaufort
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is located in the heart of the South Carolina low country, and is among the United States military’s most important and most historically colorful installations. It is  located 3.1 mi northwest of the central business district of Beaufort, a city in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
The base covers 6,900 acres, of which 5,800 are located east of Highway 21 and include operational facilities. The remaining acres contain the Laurel Bay military family housing area four miles west of the Air Station main gate. Another 5,200 acres at the Townsend Bombing Range in McIntosh County, GA also belong to MCAS Beaufort. The Georgia Air National Guard, through an agreement, carries out day-to-day management of the range.
MCAS Beaufort, nicknamed “Fighter Town,” holds a significant place in the history of the South Carolina.  The Air Station site was formerly the location of several prominent plantations, including Clarendon and Edgerly.
MCAS Beaufort currently hosts all active duty USMC F/A-18 air operations on the East Coast, said aircraft and squadrons being assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31). The mission of MCAS Beaufort is to provide support as an operational base for MAG-31 and its associated squadrons, Marine Corps support units and tenant Navy strike fighter squadrons. The mission of the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG-31) is to conduct anti-air-warfare and offensive air support operations in support of Fleet Marine Forces from advanced bases, expeditionary airfields, or aircraft carriers and conduct such other air operations as may be directed. 
Arriving at Beaufort
Located in the southeast corner of South Carolina’s lowcountry, within Beaufort County. MCAS Beaufort is situated 65 miles south of Charleston and 50 miles north of Savannah, Georgia.  
Beaufort is served by the Beaufort County Airport located 6.2 mi southeast of MCAS Beaufort. 
New arrivals must take their original orders to their command to be endorsed before visiting the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC).  If checking in after working hours or on the weekend, check in with the Air Station Officer of the Day (OOD) in Building 601, MCAS Headquarters, duty desk.  A mandatory Welcome Aboard Brief is held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the O’Club. The brief begins at 10:30 am.  Spouses are encouraged to attend. 
If you are interested in acquiring a sponsor, please contact your gaining command and request a sponsor. If you need additional assistance, please contact the Relocation Office at 843-228-6401 or DSN 312-335-6401. 

Base Population
There are over 4,700 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCAS Beaufort.