Joint Base Charleston
628th Air Base Wing, 437th Airlift Wing, 315th Airlift Wing
102 E Hill Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina
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.
There are over 90,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to 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.
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.
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.
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.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a South Carolina school, a child must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
104 E. Simpson St.,
Airman & Family Readiness Center
The School Liaison Officer serves as a conduit of school information and is the primary point of contact for public and private school matters. Please contact the SLO to ensure you understand ALL of your school options, and have correct contact information.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
South Carolina Department of Social Services
The Department’s mission is to serve South Carolina by promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, helping individuals achieve stability and strengthening families.
South Carolina Department of Human Services (888) 549-0820
South Carolina Department of Health (803) 898-3432
South Carolina Humane Society (803) 783-1267
The mission of The Humane Society is to end animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation
Base Operator (843) 764-7000
Chaplain (843) 963-2536
Civilian Personnel Office (843) 963-4501
Dental Headquarters (843) 963-6675
EFMP Family Support (843) 764-7480
Family Advocacy Program (843) 764-7435
Housing Services Office (843) 764-7218
ID/CAC Card Processing (843) 963-4521
Information and Referral (843) 963-4406
Legal Services and JAG (843) 963-5502
NAF Human Resources Officer (843) 764-7068
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273 – 8255
Upon arrival, service members assigned to JBC-Air Base should report to the JBC-Air Base Housing Management Office and service members assigned to JBC-Weapons Station should report to the JBC-Weapons Station Housing Management Office. This visit is necessary to receive counseling and guidance before entering into any written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.
At Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, military family housing is privatized. Hunt manages and operates family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt.Contact the HMO as soon as you know you are moving to Joint Base Charleston. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. The HMO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.
Unaccompanied Housing is provided for unaccompanied service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with less than 3 years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. (Room arrangements may vary depending on location) Unaccompanied members in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above may move into housing in the local community. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing.
Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than 3 years of service and above will move into housing in the local community. Please refer to the Housing in the Local Community section for information and assistance on securing housing. The permanent party UH campus at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, consists of six dormitories housing over 545 residents.
Air Base Housing Office (843)963-3858
Weapons Station Housing Office (843) 794-7265
3.3 miles from Base
Village Green is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in West Ashley. The area is close to beaches, parks, and schools.
3.9 miles from Base
Indigo Fields is a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in North Charleston. The area has beautiful homes and is located in the desirable Dorchester 2 school district.
In the Joint Base Charleston community, the summers are hot and oppressive, the winters are cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 89°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 94°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 89°F and low of 77°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 2 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 43°F and high of 59°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from June 4 to September 18, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 51% on July 30. The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from September 18 to June 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 30.
The overall cost of living in Charleston, SC is 18% higher than the South Carolina average and 15% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Charleston, SC, the city’s goods and services are 3% higher than the South Carolina average and 9% higher than the U.S. average.
Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.
Experience any of the many walking tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, or boat tours that Charleston offers to get learn about the city’s rich history. Charleston is home to many beautiful museums and historic landmarks, such as Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art or Middleton Place. Enjoy a day at the beach by fishing, boating, swimming or lounging at Kiawah Island, Folly Island, Sullivan’s Island, Ilse of Palms, or Seabrook Island. The area boasts several beautiful and challenging golf courses, such as the Kiawah Island Golf Club.
Some other points of interest include The Spa at Belmond Place, Freshfields Village, Dewberry Spa, The Shops at Belmond Place, Pier 101, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
For more information, visit Explore Charleston, the official website of Charleston, SC.
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