Parris Island Marines Will Now Stay Put In The Face Of Hurricane Florence

Bullet Points

The Marines will follow the lead of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who on Tuesday rescinded a mandatory evacuation order previously issued for Beaufort County ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Accordingly, staff and trainees at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will remain at the base instead of evacuating to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany (Ga.) as earlier planned, according to a statement from depot commander Brigadier Gen. James F. Glynn.

  • “Safety is still our principle focus,” Glynn wrote Tuesday in the statement, posted on the depot’s Facebook page. “With any decision there is a degree of risk, and we believe the logistical efforts of moving all personnel to MCLB Albany now exceed the risk of remaining at MCRD Parris Island.”
  • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort posted a similar statement on its Facebook page Tuesday, and both installations said any already-evacuated personnel were expected to be back at work Thursday to resume normal operations.
  • Both installations also provided information for travel reimbursements for Marines and their families.
  • Parris Island 1st Recruit Training Battalion’s Charlie Company, originally slated to graduate Friday, will graduate Wednesday instead, according to Glynn’s statement.
  • “(A)s promised, the ceremony will be recorded and distributed to the families via the MCRD Parris Island command website and social media platforms,” Glynn said.
  • “MCRD Parris Island remains closed to the public while we continue preparing the Base for any weather impacts we may encounter.”
  • Had the evacuation taken place, some 7,000 recruits would have been shipped to Albany, according to Marine Corps officials.


©2018 The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

The number of U.S. troops diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury following Iran's missile attack on Al- Asad Air Base in Iraq now stands at 50, the Defense Department announced on Tuesday.

Read More
"You gotta be shitting me." (Antiques Roadshow)

There's nothing quite like finding out that the nifty little trinket you blew a paycheck on when you were a junior enlisted service member is actually worth three-quarters of a million dollars. (Take that every SNCO who ever gave a counseling statement on personal finances.)

Read More

The long-awaited Special Operations Command's ethics review has finally been released, which argues that there is no "systemic ethics problem" in the special operations community while acknowledging a range of underlying problems stemming from a high operations tempo and insufficient leadership.

Read More

John Kelly, the retired Marine general who worked as President Trump's chief of staff for more than 16 months, told a crowd in Sarasota, Florida on Monday that he trusted John Bolton and thinks he should testify in the Senate impeachment trial.

"If John Bolton says that in the book I believe John Bolton," Kelly said during a town hall lecture series, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, mentioning claims in a forthcoming memoir by Trump's former national security advisor that the president told him a freeze on military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on the country opening an investigation into the Bidens.

Read More
U.S. Army/Sgt. Daphney Black

While the Army is making strides at Fort Wainwright with hopes of improving the quality of life at the base and stopping suicide, Army leaders are also reminding soldiers of one simple thing that could make a difference: Get to know your teammates, and look out for one another.

Read More