September 1, 2011 - Cleland Breaks Ground on Marine Corp Air Station Training Complex

A lot dotted with large oaks near the flightline at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will soon be home to a $70-million training complex for Marine Corps pilots expected to fly the new Joint Strike Fighter.

More than 75 people gathered near the lot Thursday to watch military and local officials don hard-hats and scoop shovelfuls of dirt to commemorate the start of construction on a 60,000-square-foot hangar and the 101,000-square-foot center where 78 pilots will be trained each year. 

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