Graham to address base closing process

May 28, 2012 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will visit Beaufort today to address the threat of defense-spending cuts and the effect it would have on the region’s military bases.

The S.C. Republican will meet with leaders from Beaufort County’s three military installations, county officials and the Military Enhancement Committee, a Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce panel dedicated to protecting local bases.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Naval Hospital Beaufort were spared during five previous BRAC examinations, most recently in 2005, and local officials say they will fight for a similar outcome if the commission reconvenes.

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