The June 19 article “Taking pride in Navy base’s reinvention” talks about the development of the former naval base with new businesses and the popular Riverfront Park. One should not forget, however, that in 1995 when the base closed, Sen. Fritz Hollings convinced the U.S. Department of State to relocate its financial services support for our embassies overseas to the base.
Since that time the State Department has transferred its global financial services of disbursing, accounting and payroll operations from former regional centers in Mexico and Paris to Charleston, thus creating over 600 jobs in three new buildings.
Subsequently, the State Department opened a passport office and a federal enclave was established including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in addition to the Coast Guard and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
WILLIAM J. BOOTH
Senior Foreign Service
Financial Specialist (Retired)