Charleston, SC 29404, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide



The Joint Base (JB) Charleston community encompasses approximately 23,000 active-duty, Reserve and civilian personnel across its Air Base and Weapons Station. Joint basing has been the stepping-stone to make Charleston a joint logistics, transportation and engineering hub and the worldwide leader in moving people, vehicles, munitions and supplies via air, land, sea and rail.


Charleston Air Force Base got its start in the 1900s as a local airfield. As interest spiked in aviation due to Charles Lindbergh’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, the city of Charleston began operating a small airfield 10 miles from the city limits. The city created the Charleston Aircraft Corporation, purchasing 432 acres from the South Carolina Mining and Manufacturing Company, and acquired the airport facility that same year.

Your Host and Joint Base Mission Partners

628th Air Base Wing

The 628th Air Base Wing provides installation support to approximately 67 DOD and federal agencies, serving a total force of more than 90,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, family members and retirees on both Joint Base Charleston – Air Base and Weapons Station.

Arrival on Base


Charleston International Airport serves the tri-county area and is adjacent to Joint Base Charleston. In fact, the base and airport share runways.

Family Resources

Child Development Centers

Air Base 843-963-4366

1654 E. Jackson Drive, Building 227
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

Recreation and Attractions

Joint Base Charleston Framing and Engraving

101 Scarton Lane, Building 647
JB Charleston, SC 29404

Specialists in custom framing and engraving, the shop’s trained and experienced staff will assist you in choosing the molding, matting and layout for your framed item. There are hundreds of frames and mat samples to choose from. Whether for retirements, going-away presents or other occasions — Framing and Engraving can provide outstanding service at reasonable prices in Charleston. In addition, the engraving section can order and engrave your trophies, quarterly/annual awards or plaques. Planning a wedding? The shop can assist with bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts or a personalized wedding gift for the bride and groom. Do you not see what you want in stock? Bring in a picture or idea and they will work with you on the graphic design and layout of shadowboxes, glassware, specialty framing and more.


South Carolina law requires children ages 5 to 17 to enroll in school. All children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 must enroll in kindergarten unless the parent or legal guardian signs an official waiver, which is available at local schools. Any child who is 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 must enroll in first grade. Exceptions are made for children who have attended public school for a minimum of one grading period in another state that has different age requirements.

Local Area

Joint Base Charleston – Air Base is within the city limits of North Charleston. Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station is on the west bank of the Cooper River in the cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan. Downtown Charleston is about a 35-minute drive to the south from either location. The base and the local communities enjoy a great relationship with service members taking part in many civic, social and cultural events.


Sheet Metal and Corrosion Shop repairs JBC aircraft

Story by A1C Thomas Charlton on 09/23/2016

"We work on three major components of the aircraft; metal repair, composite repair and corrosion control," said Master Sgt. Jeff Williams, 437th MXS Sheet Metal and Corrosion aircraft structural maintenance chief. "We can also work on the cables and fuel lines of the aircraft. Our job is to assess and advise on repairs, modifications and corrosion treatment with respect to original strength, weight and contour to maintain structural integrity."

Airman earns doctorate while on Active Duty

Story by A1C Kevin West on 09/14/2016

Lough entered the Air Force in 2005 with no previous college level education. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees, and then earned a Doctorate of Business Administration while serving on active duty.

Military Sealift Command unloads cargo from USNS Sacagawea

Story by Amn Megan Munoz on 09/13/2016
Multiple units offloaded more than 2,000 pallets of ordnance from the ship and transferred them to a storage facility on the JB Charleston-WS.
"There are a lot of entities at play," said Navy Lt. David Alverson, the Navy Munitions Command Atlantic Unit Charleston executive officer. "Military Sealift Command supplied the ship itself. MSC is responsible for getting the ammo off the ship and onto the pier with their embarked cargo handling battalion. After it's on the pier, Naval Munitions Command loaded the ordnance onto trucks taking it to the storage facility, called a magazine."
Before arriving at the JB Charleston-WS, the Sacagawea was prepositioned with cargo to sustain a Marine Corps expeditionary brigade for up to 30 days. A detachment from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, oversaw the offload and collected data to plan future operations.
"My detachment's role in this operation is largely in a quality assurance capacity," said Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ronnie Henry, Detachment Charleston Marine Core liaison officer. "We're also facilitators, or coordinators, for the organizations supporting this operation. We are making sure all the ammunition being offloaded is safely stored so we can begin working a load plan for the backload planned for next year."
After being offloaded from the ship, each pallet was processed before being stored in a magazine. The pallets were inspected and categorized as reusable or able to be refurbished. The munitions were then palletized to be maintained in Charleston's inventory or sent to another base.
The cargo being maintained at another location will be reloaded onto the Sacagawea. According to Tom D'Agostino, Military Sealift Command Atlantic Representative-Charleston director of ship operations, cargo operations are scheduled to end by Sept. 16, 2016. Afterwards, the ship departs to Jacksonville, Florida for the final discharge of general cargo and maintenance.
"It is vital we all work together to ensure a successful offloading of dangerous cargo," said Navy Lt. Charles Gatewood, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron waterfront operations officer. "Our goal is to accomplish the mission. In this case, the mission is to bring in the Military Sealift Command Ship, moor it safely and then download the ammunition and cargo so the ship can receive critical maintenance and return to her station continuing her mission."

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