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.

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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

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.

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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.

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Family Resources

Child Development Centers

Air Base 843-963-4366

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

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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.

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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

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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