Air Force

Joint Base Charleston

628th Air Base Wing, 437th Airlift Wing, 315th Airlift Wing
102 E Hill Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina

Joint Base Charleston

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos

Joint Base Charleston (JBC) is a United States military facility located in the cities of North Charleston and Goose Creek, South Carolina. The facility is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 628th Air Base Wing, Air Mobility Command. Joint Base Charleston also hosts the 437th Airlift Wing, 315th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve) and more than 60 joint base mission partners. The facility is an amalgamation of the Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Charleston (Naval Weapons Station), which were merged on October 1, 2010. Joint Base Charleston shares runways with Charleston International Airport for commercial airlines operations and general aviation aircraft operations.


JBC consists of two installations separated by about 12 miles. The air base sits roughly 10 miles from historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and lies within the North Charleston city limits in the heart of what is known locally as the Lowcountry — where pine and oak forests meet the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway marshes and barrier island beaches.  The Weapons Station sits on the west bank of the Cooper River in the cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan. Charleston is a 35-minute drive to the south.  JBC spans across more than 20,000 acres and includes Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Homeland Security and other Department of Defense agencies working together. The North Charleston base covers 3,500 acres, and the Weapons Station encompasses more than 17,000 acres, with 10,000 acres of forest and wetlands, 39 miles of rail, 22 miles of coastline and 292 miles of road.


Missions on the Weapons Station range from Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, a medium-security prison in Hanahan, to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Command and Nuclear Power Training Unit. The Weapons Station also houses the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, which provides engineering excellence to the warfighter. The Weapons Station houses several major training centers and serves as an ordnance station, with 269 bunkers and capacity for more than 60 million pounds of conventional ordnance. The Weapons Station also has state-of-the-art facilities such as the $27 million Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.


The Weapons Station is home to the 841st Army Transportation Battalion and the Army Field Support Battalion Afloat, which coordinate the distribution of warfighting equipment from the busiest port in the Army. More than one-third of all Army combat equipment in the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom theaters was loaded through the Weapons Station.

Arriving at Joint Base Charleston
Charleston International Airport services the tri-county area and shares a runway with JBC.


There are no military shuttles or mass transit that runs from the airport to the base, but rental cars are available on-site. Commercial transportation is also available from the airport to the base via taxi. The number for Yellow Cab is (843) 577-6565. The number to Charleston Limos & Taxi is 843-830-7673.


Directions from Charleston International Airport:

  • From Charleston International Airport, take the access road to Michaux Parkway and turn right.
  • Proceed to Dorchester Road at intersection (light) and turn right onto Dorchester Road. The Main Gate is approximately 1.5 miles on the right on Dorchester Road.

Documents to Hand Carry

Plan to take the following items in your carry-on luggage with you: ID cards, PCS orders, passports, leave authorizations, shot records for you and your family, medical records, all documents pertaining to the shipment of household goods including your personal inventory and/or pictures of your possessions, appraisals for valuable items, last leave and earnings statement, Power of Attorney (check expiration date), wills, bank books, state and federal tax records, deeds and mortgages, professional licenses, car registration, spouse resume and last pay statement, list of stocks and bonds, social security cards, school records for children, letters of credit for utility waivers, original birth and adoption records, and naturalization records. Do not pack these items in checked luggage.


Reporting Procedures

Upon arriving at Joint Base Charleston, base introduction information can be provided at either base gate or at the base lodging office. This information covers key facilities and phone numbers a newcomer should find helpful. The Inns of Charleston (lodging) on Hill Boulevard is the 24-hour arrival point. Those arriving after normal duty hours, on a holiday, or weekend should report there to sign in.


Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. must report to their gaining unit for further instructions on base in-processing.


Air Station
Your first stop upon arriving on Joint Base Charleston will be The Inns of Charleston, Building 362, which is the 24-hr arrival point for AF personnel. Once you have checked in, they will assist you in contacting your sponsor or the Commander’s Support Staff for your unit. For additional relocation services, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center in Building 500 at (843) 963-4406 or DSN 673-4406.


Weapons Station
Please contact your command for specific reporting instructions. If you need to contact an Ombudsman, call the Fleet & Family Support Center at 843-794-7480.

Base Population
There are over 90,000  Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Joint Base Charleston.