See the Getting To & Around Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties chapter on Page 26 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Charleston International Airport, which serves the tri-county area and is adjacent to Joint Base Charleston. There are no military shuttles or mass transit services from the airport to the base, although rental cars and taxi service are available at the airport.
Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Joint Base Charleston.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Joint Base Charleston. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.
If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the air base’s Airman & Family Readiness Center at 843-963-4406 or the weapons station’s Fleet & Family Support Center at 843-794-7480.
Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.
To the Air Base
From the Charleston International Airport: Take the access road to Michaux Parkway and turn right. Proceed to the Dorchester Road intersection and turn right onto Dorchester Road. The main gate is about 1.5 miles on the right.
From Interstate 95: Take Interstate 26 east to Ashley Phosphate Road, Exit 209A. Turn right onto Ashley Phosphate Road, then left onto Cross County Road and go 2.2 miles. Then turn left onto Dorchester Road, go about a mile, and make a left on West Hill Boulevard.
To the Weapons Station
From Charleston International Airport: Exit the airport and get on Interstate 526 east, also known as Mark Clark Expressway. Take the North Rhett exit, turn left onto North Rhett and drive approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Red Bank Road. The base is straight ahead.
From points south or north: Exit I-95 for I-26 east, then follow the “from points west” directions.
From points west: Exit I-26 to U.S. Route 78 (Exit 205). Travel east for about 4 miles and turn right onto Red Bank Road. The base is 3 miles ahead. After entering the weapons station, the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command will be 2 miles ahead on your left.
The Inns of Charleston is the 24-hour arrival point for both the air base and the weapons station. Personnel arriving after normal duty hours or on a holiday or weekend should report there to sign in.
Air Base Check-in
Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. must report to their units prior to reporting to the Military Personnel Section Customer Support Section (Building 503, Room 112) for in-processing on the day of arrival. The following documents are required for in-processing at the MPS Customer Support Section: your in-processing package (a large sealed envelope), your in-processing worksheet (from your gaining unit) and a copy of your orders. The MPS Customer Support Section will work with your unit’s customer support section to schedule you for the Quick Start briefing. Quick Start is a mandatory in-processing appointment for all Air Force newcomers to Joint Base Charleston. Spouses are encouraged to attend.
Newcomers arriving after normal duty hours or on a holiday or weekend must turn in their in-processing package at the MPS Customer Support Section on the next duty day after visiting their gaining unit following arrival. Your sponsor or unit CSS will assist you with completing the required paperwork relating to in-processing.
Weapons Station Check-in
Contact your gaining command to make arrangements for a sponsor to meet you for check-in during and after working hours. The weapons station’s quarterdeck is not manned 24/7.
The weapons station is primarily an open base with many facilities outside the gate. If you are unsure of where you should check in for your new command, call the base quarterdeck for guidance and ask for further assistance or directions from the guards at the gate. They can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 843-764-7901.
Inns of Charleston
202 Hill Blvd. 843-963-8000
On-base lodging is available at the Inns of Charleston on the air base. Make temporary lodging arrangements as soon as possible because of limited availability in the Charleston area; there is no Navy Lodge. If on-base lodging is not available, the lodging office will provide a list of off-base motels and hotels. Single members E-4 and below with fewer than three years’ active duty will be assigned a dormitory room upon arrival.
Pet-friendly temporary lodging facilities are available at the inn for an additional fee. Inn amenities include wireless internet, laundry facilities and a business center. For more information and current room rates, visit the inn’s website.