JOINT BASE CHARLESTON

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Welcome

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Welcome to Joint Base Charleston

The Joint Base 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.

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History

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Charleston AFB

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.

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Your Host and Joint Base Mission Partners

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Your Host

628th Air Base Wing

The provides installation support to approximately 60 DOD and federal agencies, serving a total force of more than 80,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, family members and retirees on both Joint Base Charleston – Air Base and Weapons Station.

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Arrival on Base

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Getting Here

Airports

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

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Family Resources

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Child Care

Child Development Centers

Air Base................................... 843-963-4366

1654 E. Jackson Drive, Building 227

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Recreation and Attractions

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Recreation and Attractions

Joint Base Charleston
Framing & Engraving

100 Scarpon Lane, Building 647

JB Charleston, SC 29404........... 843-963-4936

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Schools

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Charleston Schools

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.

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Local Area

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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.

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