Gov. McMaster pledged to keep Parris Island open

Gov. Henry McMaster pledged to do what the Marines need to keep open the training base at Parris Island, the Associated Press reports.

Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger had mentioned the possibility of closing the base and building a new one elsewhere during an interview published on the Military.com website.

McMaster said the base “adds greatly to the character and strength, economic and otherwise, of this state,” according to the AP.

Parris Island has been training Marines for 120 years.