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in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties

Joint Base Charleston 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 naval weapons station sits on the west bank of the Cooper River in the cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan. From the weapons station, Charleston is a 40-minute drive south.

Joint Base Charleston covers almost 24,000 acres. The base maintains $7.5 billion in base property and capital assets spanning three seaports, two civilian-military airfields, 39 miles of rail and 22 miles of coastline. Unique base programs include operation of three locomotives critical to moving crucial munitions, MRAPS and tanks, as well as participation in the Global Threat Reduction Initiative.

Joint Base Charleston also offers unique installation support missions, including the harbor security patrol, the transportation isolation system and the Cooper River dredging.

The base’s mission includes six different focus areas: installation support, airlift and airdrop operations, training naval nuclear operators, deployable logistics, multimission war fighter support and interagency cooperation.

Joint Base Charleston is host to more than 60 DOD and federal agencies. Major organizations at the air base include the 628th Air Base Wing, the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve). Major organizations at the naval weapons station include Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic and the 841st Army Transportation Battalion. For a full list of units and organizations at Joint Base Charleston, visit


Joint Base Charleston services a total population of 90,000 active-duty, reserve and civilian personnel, family members and retirees.

Economic Impact

The Charleston region contains the largest military presence in South Carolina. According to a 2017 economic impact study by the South Carolina Military Base Task Force and the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, Joint Base Charleston has a total economic impact of $8.7 billion each year. The base is associated with approximately 50,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in labor income.


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