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.
The wing maintains a $7.5 billion power projection platform across 23,000 noncontiguous acres, as well as providing mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders in support of joint and combined operations.
The wing supports JB Charleston’s joint-use airfield, sharing two intersecting runways with Charleston International Airport. The primary runway is 9,000 feet long and the intersecting runway is 7,000 feet long. The base maintains the two runways, most of the taxiways, and security and crash rescue response for all flights.
The 628 Air Base Wing is composed of two operational groups and a wing staff directorate.
The 628th Mission Support Group provides programs, policies, services and facilities to a combined military and civilian force of 23,300 personnel in support of the 628 Air Base Wing and its mission partners. The multiservice mission for JB Charleston consists of communication, contracting, supply, transportation, logistical support, civil engineering, personnel, security, law enforcement, family support and morale, welfare and recreation services.
The 628th Medical Group provides quality managed health care for 65,000 eligible beneficiaries while executing an $11.1 million budget.
The 628th Air Base Wing staff includes various agencies that directly support the wing commander and the installation.
628th Medical Group Staff
The 628th Medical Group provides program and policy oversight and support to the three subordinate medical squadrons. In addition to the leadership team of the commander, group superintendent and first sergeant, program support is provided through the offices of the chief of the medical staff and the chief nurse. Their subordinate functions include quality management, medical management, group practice management, and education and training. The group’s overall budget is $11.2 million.
The clinic is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but is closed the first Wednesday afternoon of each month and has limited access on the third Wednesday for mandatory readiness training. Appointment line hours for acute illnesses or injuries start at 6:30 a.m.
628th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
The 628th Aerospace Medicine Squadron (AMDS) ensures wing personnel are medically prepared for deployments. The squadron provides comprehensive care to 68,000 eligible beneficiaries through delivery of medical, dental, occupational, optometric, environmental, public health and wellness services.
The 628th AMDS supports 12,000 patient visits annually with an $11.2 million budget and 95 personnel in 14 specialties. The squadron also trains and deploys Global Reach Laydown, Aid Station Team and Preventive Medicine teams.
628th Medical Operations Squadron
The 628th Medical Operations Squadron maintains a fit fighting force of more than 4,000 Airmen for global Air Mobility Command (AMC) missions, and provides comprehensive services to more than 68,000 eligible beneficiaries through delivery of prevention-based primary and specialty care. The squadron supports more than 40,000 visits annually within a $11.2 million budget and 93 personnel in 14 specialties. The squadron also trains and deploys clinical experts and supports a Provider Team, En Route Patient Staging System and a Behavioral Health Rapid Response Element.
Appointment Desk Line, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 843-963-6880
MiCare Secure Messaging https://app.relayhealth.com
Flight Medicine Services: 843-963-6880
Mental Health Services: 843-963-6852
Physical Therapy Services: 843-963-6880
628th Medical Support Squadron
The 628th Medical Support Squadron ensures wing personnel are medically prepared for deployments and supports comprehensive care to more than 68,000 eligible beneficiaries and 12,000 TRICARE Prime enrollees, utilizing a $5.3 million budget. Additionally, the squadron directly supports the Medical Group Staff, information systems, logistics, resource management and readiness services. The facility management team provides infrastructure support for six facilities consisting of 112,000 square feet, while the ancillary flights support quality patient care by filling 144,000 prescriptions, performing 72,000 laboratory tests and 2,400 diagnostic radiology images annually. The Medical Readiness Flight also ensures the proper training of 168 active-duty members for contingency operations.
Prescription refills: 843-963-6833
628th Mission Support Group
628th Civil Engineer Squadron
The 628th Civil Engineer Squadron (628 CES) is responsible for directing design, construction, maintenance and repair activities on $3.2 billion of JB facility and infrastructure systems spread out over 23,000 acres at more than a half-dozen geographically separated locations.
The squadron also provides joint base fire emergency services, emergency management, and explosive ordnance disposal for the DOD and presidential support. Additionally, the squadron also provides asset management of real property, which includes master planning, environmental management and compliance, energy management and housing services.
Since 9/11, the 628 CES has deployed engineers in every major operation to support the global war on terror. The 628 CES (formerly the 437 CES) was selected as the best CE squadron in the Air Force for 1995 and 2001, as well as the best CE Squadron in Air Mobility Command for 1995, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2014, and Air Force runner-up for 2005 and 2006. The 628 CES continues to provide global-ready forces and installation support for Joint Base Charleston.
Emergency Dial: 911
Fire Prevention: 843-963-3121
Fire Alarm Control Center: 843-963-3777
CE Customer Service: 843-963-2392
Air Force Housing Assistance: 843-963-3869
Air Base Privatized Housing Assistance (Forest City): 843-552-0600
Weapons Station Privatized Housing Assistance (Balfour Beatty): 843-797-5631
Focal Point: 831-963-3800 www.jbcharlston.com
628th Communications Squadron
The 628th Communications Squadron provides a broad range of communication services to the Joint Base Charleston workforce. The squadron is structured into two flights, the Cyber Operations Flight and the Plans and Resources Flight. The Cyber Operations Flight services include computer and Voice over Internet Protocol data network connectivity, fixed and mobile voice, public address, and emergency and mass notification. The Plans and Resources Flight manages communications security, information assurance, communications project planning, enterprise information management, freedom of information act requests, official and electronic records, and official mail. In total, the Squadron services more than 22,000 active-duty, reserve, government civilian, and contractor personnel from the 628th Air Base Wing, 315th and 437th Airlift Wings, and over 60 mission partners that span Joint Base Charleston’s geographically separated air base and weapons station.
Communications Focal Point: 843-963-2666
628th Contracting Squadron
The 628th Contracting Squadron (628 CONS) directly supports all DOD personnel in the 628th Air Base Wing, 315th and 437th Airlift Wings, and over 60 mission partners. The squadron provides operational support for assigned C-17A aircraft; prepares, awards and administers contracts for construction, supplies and services with an annual value exceeding $80 million; and trains, equips, and deploys contracting officers to execute contingency contracting support to operations worldwide.
The 628 CONS is the U.S. Air Force’s representative in the local business community and serves as adviser to the 628th Air Base Wing commander on procurement matters such as availability of sources, small business opportunities, and the impact of our local purchase program in nearby communities. The squadron is also the wing custodian of the $18 million Government Purchase Card credit card program.
The Commodities/Services (A Flight) is responsible for procurement, lease and administration of all supplies, equipment, and services valued over $2,500. The Construction (B Flight) is responsible for the procurement and administration of base construction projects, architect and engineering contracts and related specialized projects. The Plans and Programs (P Flight) is responsible for managing the Government Purchase Card and Quality Assurance programs. They also handle automated customer interface, receive and load all purchase requests, and maintain the integrity of the contracting standard procurement system database and all paperless interfaces.
Commodities/Services Flight: 843-963-5157
Construction Flight: 843-963-5173
Plans and Programs Flight: 843-963-6300
628th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron (628 LRS) is comprised of four functional flights: Fuels Management, Vehicle Maintenance, Material Management, Deployments & Distribution, and a Water Port Operation. These functional areas, together with the Command Section, Squadron Readiness, Quality Assurance, Training, Resource Management, and Functional Systems Management Sections comprise the total Logistics Readiness team. From fueling aircraft to servicing all vehicles, to requisitioning parts and distributing assets on base, to providing boat, crane, and train support, and sending our Airmen around the globe, the 628 LRS touches every aspect of Joint Base Charleston.
Vehicle Dispatch: 843-963-4236/4237
Fuels Service Center: 843-963-5079
Aircraft Parts Store: 843-963-2654/2655
628th Security Forces Squadron
The 628th Security Forces Squadron (628 SFS) provide over 280 combat-ready defenders and 140 civilians to protect and defend the people and resources of Joint Base Charleston. The 628 SFS provides security to over 60 DOD and federal agencies, 86,500 personnel and $14.2 billion in resources that include 52 C17A Globe-Master III aircraft and two U.S. Navy Nuclear Training Subs. The squadron maintains law and order on the installation; develops and maintains a viable detection program; organizes, equips, trains, and administers forces to participate in prompt and sustained operations; and manages the installation information security, resources protection, crime prevention, anti-terrorism and security programs.
Base Defense Operations Center (Air Base): 843-963-3600
Base Defense Operations Center (Weapons Station): 843-794-7555
628th Force Support Squadron
The 628th Force Support Squadron enhances quality-of-life and combat capabilities through diversified services that provide force development, sustainment (food, fitness and lodging), resource management and organization, manpower and personnel, family readiness, child and youth development, and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programs across the Air Base and Weapons Station. The squadron deploys services and personnel Airmen worldwide in support of national security military operations, and provides support to 80,000 active duty and their families, retirees, DOD civilians and reservists.
Focal Point: 831-963-3800
Joint Base Mission Partners
437th Airlift Wing
Safely provide precise reliable airlift worldwide.
“The Airlift Wing of Choice — leading through excellence and innovation!”
The 437th Airlift Wing (AW) is Joint Base Charleston’s premier active-duty flying wing. The wing’s mission is to safely provide precise, reliable airlift worldwide in support of the U.S.’s global interests. The wing commands assigned airlift and supporting units to maintain 48 assigned C-17A aircraft, load and unload passengers, out-sized equipment, bulk cargo and aeromedical evacuation. The 437 AW also trains and executes the only C-17A special operations capability in the Air Force. In addition to its substantial airdrop and special operations commitments, the 437th Airlift Wing’s missions range from supporting U.S. embassies, to supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters, to aeromedical evacuations, to delivering vital passengers and cargo into combat zones. The wing also supports the Denton Amendment program, which provides space-available transportation to nonprofit organizations, providing humanitarian cargo to more than 11 countries.
437th Operations Group
14th Airlift Squadron
The 14th Airlift Squadron (AS), “The Pelicans,” is a unit of the 437th Airlift Wing. Used for worldwide direct-delivery airlift requirements of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the 14th AS provides combat-ready C-17A Globemaster III aircrews to support rapid Air Force mobility efforts during global contingencies. The 14th AS crews maintain razor-sharp air refueling, tactical ingress and egress, low-level airdrop and air-land skills; they provide warfighting commanders the ability to project and sustain combat forces directly from the U.S. into short, austere airfields and theater drop zones. In addition, the squadron responds at a moment’s notice to emergency nuclear airlift and humanitarian relief missions.
The 14th AS began flying the C-17 in 1995, having previously flown the C-141B since 1967. Other aircraft flown by the 14th AS include the C-124, C-54, C-47, C-39 and C-33.
The squadron’s roots go back to 1940, when the unit was activated as the 14th Transport Squadron. The 14th flew airborne assaults in Europe during World War II and took part in the Berlin Airlift several years later. It also provided aerial transportation during the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict.
In the years following Vietnam, the 14th Air Squadron was involved in operations Urgent Fury, Just Cause, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Fiery Vigil, Provide Hope, Provide Comfort, Provide Relief and Restore Hope, Southern Watch, Uphold Democracy, Support Hope and Joint Endeavor. The Pelicans have participated in other contingency actions, including relief efforts in Africa, operations in Southwest Asia and humanitarian missions around the world.
15th Airlift Squadron
The 15th Airlift Squadron, “Global Eagles,” provides combat-ready, air refueling-capable C-17 aircrews for strategic airlift and airdrop missions worldwide. The squadron also maintains a Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed alert force that supports global contingencies, including support of unconventional warfare. Other missions include emergency nuclear airlift, presidential support and humanitarian relief efforts.
The 15th AS has an illustrious history that dates back to its origination in 1940 as the 15th Transport Squadron. Since then, the 15th AS has been activated and deactivated twice and relocated nine times before arriving at its current location at Charleston Air Force Base in 1993. To date, the squadron has flown the C-33, C-39, C-47, C-54, C-124, C-141 and C-17A aircraft.
16th Airlift Squadron
The 16th Airlift Squadron, “The Lions,” is one of the premier units of the 437th Airlift Wing. The 16th AS provides combat-ready C-17A Globemaster III aircrews capable of air refueling, airlift, airdrop, aeromedical evacuation, humanitarian relief missions and special operations to support national defense objectives. Ever-vigilant, the 16th AS provides 24/7-alert aircraft and crews to routinely respond to short-notice National Command Authority taskings.
The squadron’s legacy can be traced to Dec. 11, 1940, when it was activated as the 16th Transport Squadron (later renamed the 16th Troop Carrier Squadron), flying C-47s during World War II. During the next 63 years, the squadron was activated and deactivated four times, operating the C-119, YC-122, H-19, C-130, C-141 and C-17A aircraft. The squadron was eventually reactivated with C-130s at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, as the 16th Tactical Airlift Training Squadron. In 1993, the squadron moved to Charleston Air Force Base, was renamed the 16th Airlift Squadron, and took on the C-141 as its primary aircraft. Only seven years later, the squadron was decommissioned as the last C-141 flying unit at Charleston. In October 2003, the squadron was tasked to begin flying the newly developed C-17A Globemaster III. Today The Lions continue the 16th Airlift Squadron legacy, ready at a moment’s notice to answer the nation’s call.
437th Operations Support Squadron
The 437th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) provides mission support to more than 1,150 personnel within seven operational active-duty and Reserve C-17 flying units. Nine flights and 13 different Air Force specialty codes make up the 437th OSS, including:
- Aircrew Flight Equipment
- Airfield Operations (Joint Base Charleston and North Auxiliary Airfield)
- Host Aviation Resource Management
- 437th AW Combat Operations and Tactics
- Current Operations
- 437th Airlift Wing Training
- Weather Flight.
The 437th OSS prepares Joint Base Charleston Airmen for global combat and is the sole readiness provider for all 437th Operations Group personnel deploying from Joint Base Charleston. In addition to preparing fellow warriors, members of the 437th OSS deploy regularly to support expeditionary operations worldwide. The 437th OSS tailors support to Joint Base Charleston’s flying squadrons to meet combatant commanders’ requirements, ensuring reliable airlift worldwide.
437th Maintenance Group
437th Maintenance Squadron
The 437th Maintenance Squadron (MXS) consists of seven flights, 14 sections and 29 facilities. Its no-fail mission is to provide safe, reliable aircraft and deliver uncompromised combat capability to the warfighter anywhere in the world. The squadron’s backbone is its professional and motivated personnel: 380 active duty, civilian and Air Reserve technicians, encompassing 14 Air Force specialty codes. The “Maverick” culture is one of C-17 technical expertise and continual processes improvement. The team’s flawless flightline and backshop support enabled movement of more than 14,431 passengers and 14,188 tons of cargo during the past year. The squadron’s behind-the-scenes efforts ensured Team Charleston boasted a 94.3 percent home-station logistics departure reliability rate and continued to lead the C-17 community in overall workload. The 437th MXS achieved these phenomenal successes despite flying the oldest C-17s in the fleet, epitomizing the squadron’s motto of “Mavericks make it happen!”
The 437th MS mission statement, “to provide unmatched on- and off-equipment maintenance and the highest caliber personnel supporting the Global Reach mission,” captures the spirit of what Mavericks do and reflects the enormous scope of operations the squadron supports.
It highlights the 437th MS’s impact on the 437th Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command and other DOD functions, enabling Charleston C-17s to answer the call anywhere around the world to provide support to our forces and hope for those in need.
437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) is composed of more than 800 combat-ready maintainers and support personnel, comprising active-duty, civilian and Air Reserve technician components. They inspect, service and maintain assigned C-17 aircraft at Joint Base Charleston. These maintainers enable aircraft to perform global airlift missions ranging from combat support operations and humanitarian relief to aeromedical evacuations. The squadron is also responsible for no-notice and scheduled deployments of maintainers supporting Charleston and other AMC aircraft in austere locations, maintaining worldwide airlift dominance. The 437th AMXS is responsible for maintaining 52 assigned C-17 aircraft, performing primarily flightline tasks including daily mission launch and recovery, pre- and post-flight inspections, maintenance troubleshooting, aircraft systems repair and minor modifications. The squadron is organized into two aircraft maintenance units (Gold Gryphons and Blue Knights), a Viper Support Flight and the one-of-a-kind Maintenance Special Operations Flight, which is charged with the DOD’s only 24/7 Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed Strategic Alert Response commitment.
437th Aerial Port Squadron
Mission Statement: To provide responsive global cargo and passenger movement operations while cultivating expeditionary Airmen.
Vision: America’s aerial port of choice for emerging cargo and passenger movement opportunities.
The 437th Aerial Port Squadron (APS) was activated Dec. 27, 1965, and organized Jan. 8, 1966, as part of the 437th Air Military Wing. Through the years, the 437th APS has supported many aircraft, including C-124s, C-130Es, C-5s, C-141s and C-17s, along with numerous commercial carriers. Since its inception, the 437th APS has received 17 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards and the Meritorious Unit Award. In June 2005, the squadron transported more than 12,000 tons of cargo in a single month, breaking both Air Mobility Command and Air Force records.
Today, the 437th APS supports AMC’s largest C-17 wing, transporting more than 15,000 tons of cargo and 17,000 personnel on more than 6,000 missions. Not only does the 437th APS support Middle East operations, but does the same as the channel hub for Central and South American embassies and operations within its area of responsibility. Additionally, the squadron is the primary mover of Denton Cargo, providing 229 tons of humanitarian and medical aid to 23 impoverished countries.
Although the nation’s strategic priorities have changed, the importance of the work provided by the men and women of the 437th APS has not. Through every situation, the dedication and professionalism of the “Port Dawgs” continues to shine.
315th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve
The mission of the 315th Airlift Wing is to provide and deliver global combat-ready C-17 airlift, expeditionary combat support and aeromedical evacuation anytime, anywhere. Additionally, the wing performs peacetime missions and integrates with the active-duty 437th Airlift Wing and the 628th Air Base Wing in their normal Air Mobility Command operations and logistics missions.
315th Operations Group
315th Operations Support Squadron
The warfighters of the 315th Airlift Wing provide timely, accurate and dynamic operational support to realize the Air Force Reserve vision: One Air Force, same fight — unrivaled wingman. This squadron provides unrivaled operational support to sustain combat readiness of three C-17A flying squadrons, one aeromedical evacuation squadron and one airlift control flight for the global transport of troops and warfighting materiel. Composed of a Wing Operations Center and offices of current operations, weapons and tactics, aircrew training, life support, operations plans and computer support, this squadron provides the analytical infrastructure that sustains operations and training for the 315th Operations Group and 315th AW.
300th Airlift Squadron
The 300th Airlift Squadron’s mission is to recruit, train, maintain and support combat-ready aircrews to meet global taskings such as contingencies, humanitarian relief, presidential support and exercises. The 300th Airlift Squadron (AS) always leads the way, flying AMC’s premier aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III. The unit has provided critical airlift, supporting well-known Army units, including the 101st Airborne Division and the 10th Mountain Division. It has also provided support for Homeland Security exercises, including Ardent Sentry and Olympic Titan. In addition, the 300th AS flew multiple missions transporting global war-on-terrorism detainees to and from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The unit has also flown humanitarian relief missions after natural disasters in the U.S., such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Most recently it delivered relief supplies to Haiti after the massive earthquake there.
317th Airlift Squadron
The mission of the 317th Airlift Squadron is to recruit, train, maintain and support combat-ready aircrews to meet global taskings such as contingencies, humanitarian relief, presidential support and exercises. The 317th AS continues to be one of the Air Force Reserve Command’s showcase squadrons. The squadron operates America’s premier airlifter, the C-17, safely and efficiently in a variety of roles with a dedicated volunteer force. The squadron has participated in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, countless combat missions were flown safely into Iraq and Afghanistan and other points across the globe supporting the war effort.
701st Airlift Squadron
The mission of the 701st Airlift Squadron is to recruit, train and provide combat-ready aircrews to defend the U.S. through control and exploitation of air and space by supporting global engagement. The squadron’s responsibility is to maintain well-trained, combat-ready aircrews that are prepared to win the war on terrorism and support ever-changing global taskings.
The squadron has supported operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and squadron members have also volunteered for extended-duty service for numerous worldwide missions, among them counterdrug initiatives in South America, presidential support, training sorties and exercises. Crews have also helped carry out humanitarian objectives at home, such as providing relief to victims of hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. From moving USO troupes around the world, to delivering forensic teams to help recover and repatriate fallen American warriors, the mission of the 701st AS continues.
315th Airlift Control Flight
The mission of the 315th Airlift Control Flight (ALCF) is to maintain a compact force, capable of deploying worldwide with limited notice to any airfield to set up a mobile command, and control of contingency, humanitarian or exercise missions as directed by Headquarters, Air Mobility Command (AMC). The flight is responsible for planning and coordinating exercises and special mission operations, providing on-site management of AMC airfield operations including command and control, communications, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather and intelligence at fixed, en route or austere locations where AMC operational support does not exist. The 315th ALCF can draw personnel and equipment from other units to build the packages it needs for specific missions.
The 315th ALCF is one of the most actively participating Reserve ALCFs in the Air Force. The unit consistently strives to maintain preparedness, training and leadership to ensure mission accomplishment for members and affiliated units alike.
315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
The 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron’s (AES) mission is to deploy intertheater AES crews trained and equipped to provide in-flight medical care aboard mission-directed aircraft used to airlift patients.
The 315th AES turns the giant C-17 into flying hospitals, providing world-class care to the nation’s wounded heroes, and is able to operate on other intertheater aircraft. The 315th AES is also tasked with deploying Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) Operations Team personnel for operational and mission management support at aerial ports supporting AE operations.
315th Maintenance Group
The 315th Maintenance Group’s (MG) mission is to provide training for more than 550 Reservists assigned to three units: the 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 315th Maintenance Squadron and the 315th Maintenance Operations Flight. The group’s goal is to maintain its proficiency to augment active-duty forces in any contingency and to sustain C-17 aircraft capability in support of Joint Base Charleston’s global mission. The 315th MG works side-by-side with the 437th MG to provide total maintenance support for 54 assigned C-17 aircraft and support equipment valued at $11.4 billion. They are tasked with worldwide airlift support, tactical airdrop missions, aeromedical evacuation, special operations missions and humanitarian relief efforts.
315th Maintenance Operations Flight
The unit provides vital maintenance management support to the 315th Maintenance Group and subordinate squadrons. It is directly responsible to the maintenance group commander for the administration, analysis, programs and resources, and training management necessary to support group productions. In addition, it plans, controls, schedules and carries out the responsibilities of the maintenance group commander.
The flight’s major sections are Maintenance Training and Programs and Resources. The first, Maintenance Training, provides overall standardized training policy and management for the more than 750 personnel assigned to the group. The other, Programs and Resources, is charged with managing manning, facilities, support agreements and deployment for the group. This office also provides the resource adviser to the maintenance group commander, encompassing budget forecasts and execution.
315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
The 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s (AMXS) mission is to provide trained personnel to augment and support the 437th Airlift Wing in war or national emergency, and to maintain aircraft for U.S. airlift requirements. Through continuous preparation, the squadron is always ready to protect national interests by safely generating reliable aircraft.
The squadron shares responsibility with the 437th AMXS in maintaining the C-17A Globemaster III. Active-duty counterparts, Reserve and civilian “Team Charleston” members provide a majority of the total AMC airdrop capability. As the largest squadron in the Air Force Reserve Command, the 315thAMXS continues to exceed DOD maintenance unit standards by providing mission-capable aircraft and superbly trained technicians for our nation’s global airlift obligations.
315th Mission Support Group
The 315th Mission Support Group provides support services and expert advice to the commanders and 2,300 members of the 315th Airlift Wing, including DOD civilians and family members. The group provides training through technicians in five squadrons and one flight: the 38th and 81st Aerial Port Squadron, the 315th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the 315th Force Support Squadron, the 315th Security Forces Squadron and the 315th Civil Engineer Flight. Additionally, the unit maintains the worldwide readiness status of all 315th AW personnel.
315th Civil Engineer Flight
The 315th Civil Engineer Flight organizes, trains and equips fire protection, readiness and explosive ordnance disposal personnel to support worldwide military taskings and civilian communities in time of peace and war. The unit’s readiness personnel train the entire 315th Airlift Wing in nuclear, biological and chemical defense. They also provide explosive ordnance support (EOD) to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Secret Service.
315th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 315th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) directs and supervises logistics planning for all contingencies, operations and exercises for the 315th Airlift Wing and provides operational interpretation of war plans to tasked units and guidance for time-phased material and personnel. The 315th LRS also provides prompt administration and management for a full range of support that includes logistics plans, fuels management and vehicle maintenance and supply.
315th Force Support Squadron
The 315th Force Support Squadron’s (FSS) mission is “to train Reservists and provide top-quality service to all personnel, civilian and military in fulfilling the wing mission.” The major responsibility of the 315th FSS is to provide customer service support for 315th Airlift Wing members and their families. This includes customer service identification cards, mobilizations for the wing, computer support, coordination of all promotions, medals and awards, processing of all new members into the wing, testing for all Professional Military Education and Career Development Course (CDC) classes, coordination of all upgrades and training requirements, and the processing of all nonprior service members through Basic Military Training and initial technical schools. The unit also hosts the Services Flight, whose primary mission, since 1996, is to support the Dover Air Force Base Delaware Port Mortuary, the port of embarkation for deceased service members being returned from overseas. The unit’s members have provided support during mass casualty incidents including helicopter crashes, the USS Cole attack in 2000, the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and for ongoing operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. A related mission, since 2006, is support for the Army’s Joint Personnel Effects Depot at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, to return deceased and wounded service members’ personal effects to their next of kin.
A secondary mission for the unit is to provide field exercise, deployment and home station support and backfill for food, fitness and lodging and mortuary affairs.
315th Security Forces Squadron
The 315th Security Forces Squadron maintains law and order, develops and sustains a detection program and helps with installation security, resource protection, crime prevention and physical safeguards. The Combat Arms section ensures that all wing personnel are weapons-trained and qualified, and all weapons are maintained to ensure mission success. The standout Phoenix Raven program supports counterdrug operations and humanitarian aid in multiple areas.
38th Aerial Port Squadron
The 38th Aerial Port Squadron (APS) deploys trained personnel and serviceable equipment to provide augmentation or stand-alone aerial port operations at ports of embarkation and debarkation or unit-move locations. Responsibilities include cargo processing, aircraft loading and unloading, joint inspections, mobility functions, load-team supervision, engine-running onloads and offloads, home-station and deployed air terminal operations centers (ATOC), airlift control elements, transportation control units, and air departure-arrival control group operations.
The five major sections of the 38th APS include: ATOC/load planning, ramp services, cargo processing, special handling and passenger services.
81st Aerial Port Squadron
The 81st Aerial Port Squadron deploys trained personnel and equipment for augmentation or stand-alone aerial port operations at Air Port of Embarkations/Air Port of Demarcations or unit-move locations. Its responsibilities include cargo processing, aircraft loading and unloading, joint inspections, mobility functions, load team supervision, engine-running offload and onload, home-station and deployed air terminal operations centers, airlift control elements, transportation control units and air departure-arrival control group operations.
1st Combat Camera Squadron
The largest Combat Camera Squadron in the Air Force, this highly mobile and highly trained Joint Base Charleston tenant unit has provided imagery to U.S. decision-makers for nearly every major crisis, humanitarian operation or conflict since 1943. Combat Camera aligns itself under the Air Force Public Affairs Agency, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas – a field operating agency of the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs.
The 1st Combat Camera Squadron’s mission is to rapidly provide the U.S. president, the secretary of defense and warfighters with a directed imagery capability during global crises, contingencies, exercises and war. Combat Camera acquires still and motion imagery to support classified and unclassified air, sea and ground military operations. This imagery provides a visual record for use in operational analysis, information operations, medical, legal investigations, training, public information, Defense Support to Public Diplomacy and permanent historical records.
Recent missions include: being onboard the opening strikes against Daesh; operations Inherent Resolve, Resolute Support, Freedom’s Sentinel, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan, Africa and Philippines), Tomodachi, Unified Assistance and Unified Response; earthquake response in Haiti, Pakistan and also hurricane relief for Gustav, Katrina and Rita; documentation for Nelson Mandela’s funeral; documentation of the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon and most recently provided the first images of American military support to the Nepal earthquake relief effort during Operation Sahayogi Haat.
Naval Nuclear Power Training Command
The mission of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) is to provide training for Navy officers and enlisted personnel in operation, maintenance and supervision of naval nuclear propulsion plants.
Graduates of the NNPTC advance to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit. Charleston’s NNPTC has a staff of 500 Navy and 40 civilians providing quality hands-on training and direct supervision of more than 3,000 officers and enlisted Sailors who graduate from the nuclear propulsion program each year.
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic
Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic is a Navy Information Technology (IT) command that provides the hardware and software that gives warfighters Information Dominance on and under the seas, on land and in space.
From battle communications to back-office systems, the SSC Atlantic team engineers some of the most sophisticated technology in the world – all designed to create a strategic advantage for U.S. military and government agencies. This includes satellite systems, undersea surveillance equipment, remote sensors, tactical cybersecurity and business IT capabilities.
SSC Atlantic’s highly credentialed workforce provides integrated, innovative and best-value cyber and Information Dominance solutions. Hundreds of partnerships with industry, including small businesses and academia, benefit SSC Atlantic’s research efforts and best practices.
SSC Atlantic reports directly to the SPAWAR Systems Command in San Diego, California. Major SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic stateside offices are in South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Florida and Washington, D.C., as well as overseas posts in Europe, the Middle East and Antarctica.
Navy Munitions Command Unit Charleston
Navy Munitions Command (NMC) Unit Charleston is responsible for the receipt, storage and issue of ordnance, as well as for conducting explosive ordnance operations in its facilities at Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station. NMC Unit Charleston supports the Army and Marine Corps Maritime Pre-positioning Program by providing quality and responsive logistics, technical and material support to its customers in equipment, ordnance components and retail ammunition management.
NMC Unit Charleston also hosts the Navy’s largest Service, Exercise and Training Mines shop, furnishing exercise support for allied and joint maritime security operations around the world. When directed by higher authority, NMC Unit Charleston’s mine shop assembles Pre-positioned War Reserve stock to perform the offensive and defensive mining mission.
NMC Unit Charleston has approximately 200 ordnance storage magazines and seven above-ground storage sites with a capacity of more than 24 million pounds of net explosives weight. NMC Unit Charleston occupies 4,562 acres.
Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit
Navy personnel assigned to operate the world’s most powerful aircraft carriers and submarines complete the last phase of their nuclear propulsion training at Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Charleston at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, South Carolina. The staff at NPTU are hand selected from the fleet as the “best of the best” in the nuclear navy and return here to produce a highly trained and motivated Sailor. Approximately 2,000 officer and enlisted students, as well as a select group of civilian engineers, graduate each year from NPTU after completing intensive hands-on and academic training and evaluations. This certification process is designed to prepare the next generation of Sailors to become safe and trusted nuclear propulsion plant operators and supervisors in the fleet. Students gain the hands-on training operating nuclear propulsion plants onboard one of two moored training ships, the former fleet submarines USS Sam Rayburn and USS Daniel Webster. Once students complete their training, they have excellent careers to look forward to in supporting the Navy’s nuclear fleet.
841st Transportation Battalion
The 841st Transportation Battalion is responsible for command and control of transportation and distribution of military cargo and equipment via ship, train, convoy and truck through Military Surface Distribution Deployment Command’s East Coast ports to destinations around the world.
The 841st Transportation Battalion is designated as the DOD single port manager for arranging military cargo shipments in Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina; Norfolk, Virginia; Baltimore; Philadelphia; and multiple ports in New York and New Jersey. The battalion is responsible for coordinating with Military Sealift Command, the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol, ocean carriers, local port authorities, stevedore contractors and commercial transportation firms to expedite the movement of military cargo.
Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston
Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility where Army equipment and supplies are loaded aboard Navy ships. The ships are then pre-positioned at strategic locations around the world. Army Activity’s workforce of more than 40 civilians and up to 10 military personnel oversees a contractor workforce of as many as 550 employees. Combined, they contribute approximately $115 million annually to Charleston’s economy.
Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston
Rehabilitation is the primary goal of the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston. Originally staffed only by the Navy, it was joined by the Air Force and Army in 1993 and the Marine Corps in 2000. Today, the brig staff includes members of all military services as well as Navy civilian employees, and has been designated as the Joint Regional Correctional Facility Southeast.
The Level II medium security prison is fitted with 479 cells but is rated to house up to 272 military prisoners from all branches of the armed forces, with sentences up to 10 years. The brig’s mission is to ensure the safety, security, good order and discipline of pretrial and adjudged prisoners, while retraining and restoring the maximum number to honorable military service or productive civilian life.
Navy Operational Support Center Charleston
The Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Charleston, South Carolina has more than 300 Navy Reservists assigned to 17 units who support the strategic initiatives as directed by the chief of Navy Reserve. NOSC Charleston’s mission is to provide motivation and administrative support to the Reserve Component for the delivery of strategic depth and operational capabilities to the Navy, Marine Corps and Joint Forces. The NOSC staff provides pay, personnel, medical and travel support for Reserve Sailors who serve in a variety of career fields that include civil engineering, cargo handling, legal technicians and medical support to the fleet.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Training Center
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Charleston has the responsibility of training approximately 125 reservists who would be assigned to Company C if they are mobilized. The mission of Company C (Reinforced) is to provide command and control for operations in support of the Marine Expeditionary Force. Company C (Reinforced) provides personnel and equipment for loading, unloading and moving supplies and personnel at sea, airports, railheads, beachheads or multiple helicopter landing zones.
U.S. Army Reserve Center
The Army Reserve’s mission is to provide trained, equipped and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the total force of operations. The Army Reserve is a key element in the Army’s multi-component unit force, training with active and National Guard units to ensure all three components work as a fully integrated team to support national military strategy. The Army Reserve Center houses the following units:
1189th Transportation Surface Brigade
Mission: To provide mission command to assigned and attached SDDC (Army Reserve) units, and when required, MTOE battalions engaged in Joint Logistics Over the Shores and terminal operations; and to support other DOD partners, and civil authorities on behalf of combatant commanders.
Deputy Commander: 843-794-0305
Human Resources Specialist: 843-794-0460
Senior Human Resources Sergeant: 843-794-0627
4th BN, Army Reserve Careers Division
Mission: To shape and sustain the strength of the Army Reserve through aggressive retention and transition programs.
Center Retention NCO: 843-794-0739
Center Retention NCO: 843-794-0581
590th Transportation Detachment (TTP)
Mission: To operate as a Trailer Transfer Point, or Convoy Support Center, for line haul, direct haul, local haul and shuttle-relay motor transport operations.
Unit Administrator: 843-794-0303
595th Transportation Detachment
Mission: To operate as a Trailer Transfer Point, or Convoy Support Center, for line haul, direct haul, local haul and shuttle-relay motor transport operations.
Unit Administrator: 843-794-0720
596th Transportation Detachment
Mission: To control movement of units, cargo and personnel; validate transportation support, highway clearance, cargo and personnel movements, diversions, and reconsignments; and provide ITV of unit equipment and sustainment cargo.
Senior Movements NCO: 843-794-0481
1182d Distribution Deployment Support Battalion
Mission: To provide command and control, and technically supervise assigned and attached detachments and personnel who are engaged in terminal operations, terminal management, deployment support operations and distribution support operations to support the combatant commander.
Asst. S-3: 843-794-0673
Battalion Operations Sergeant: 843-794-0723
630th Terminal Supervision Team
Mission: To deploy or redeploy to an area of operation to conduct command and control, maintain communication, maintain area security for all assigned personnel, and plan and supervise contract services for seaport and inland terminal operations or related services to support the DSC and SDDC commander.
Training NCO: 843-794-0645
Training/Admin NCO: 843-794-0644
Reserves Personnel Action Center
Mission: To provide human resource life-cycle management by integrating administrative and pay functions, sustainment, and Soldier and family support in a centralized location within an Army Reserve facility. The center enables commanders to focus solely on training leaders to ensure the Army Reserve has the skills necessary to meet future mobilization demands. The center strives to change the culture of the current Army Reserve workforce from one that is stationary, specialized, unit-specific, trained “on the job” and reactive to a future workforce that is agile, synergized, multiskilled, multifunctional and proactive.
RPAC Supervisor: 843-794-0602/0734/0376
7224th USA Medical Support Unit
Mission: To assist the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Stewart, Georgia, in satisfying installation and deployment support requirements at Fort Stewart. In accordance with current U.S. Army Medical Command Mobilization (USAMEDCOM-MP), the medical support unit will exercise command and control, provide sustainment, conduct deployment and redeployment, protect the force, and perform health service support operations.
Training NCO: 843-794-0655
Human Resources Sergeant: 843-794-0637
941st Transportation Company
Mission: To mobilize and deploy to an area of operations to provide support for bulk petroleum transportation and bulk water products in conjunction with line haul operations.
Training NCO: 843-794-0728
Human Resources Sergeant: 843-794-0461
1st Battalion 321st Infantry/2nd Brigade 98th Division
Mission: To provide professionally trained and ready drill sergeants, instructors, leader trainers and mission command expertise for initial military training and foreign military training.
No full-time staff.
Area Maintenance Support Activity 121G
Mission: To provide maintenance support and maintain equipment for Army Reserve units in the area.
HMER Supervisor: 843-794-0688
Main Shop Extension: 843-794-0687
Computer Lab: 843-794-0593
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
Naval Health Clinic Charleston
Naval Health Clinic Charleston (NHCC) in the new John G. Feder Joint Ambulatory Care Clinic on the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station is focused on providing the safest and highest quality health services for service members, their family members and veterans.
NHCC provides primary, specialty, ancillary and occupational health services for more than 16,000 enrolled beneficiaries.
The clinic provides a range of services including a National Committee for Quality Assurance-certified Medical Home Port program for family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine patients; dermatology; ophthalmology; ambulatory noninterventional cardiology; physical therapy; optometry and numerous wellness programs.
NHCC is a founding member of the Lowcountry Federal Health Alliance and the clinic’s commanding officer chairs the organization. The LFHA comprises federal health care organizations across the region including the Navy, Air Force and Veterans Affairs. The partnership’s mission is to enhance delivery of quality, patient-centered health care through collaborative federal and community partnerships. In essence, the LFHA seeks to lead the charge in providing seamless federal health care across organizations by again placing the patient at the center of care.
Clinic Information: 843-794-6000
Nurse Advice Line: 800-874-2273, Option 1
Central Appointments: 843-794-6221
TRICARE Benefits Counselor: 843-794-6030
Central Appointments Call Center: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed the first Wednesday of the month at noon for mandatory training.
Pharmacy: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Laboratory: 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TRICARE Benefits Counselors: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, operates a residential training facility in Charleston. The main campus in North Charleston is complemented by a satellite training site at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The FLETC’s mission is to provide basic and advanced law enforcement training to federal, state and local law enforcement officers and agents. The satellite training site includes classrooms and firearms and driver training ranges on 915 1,500 acres, and nine four buildings covering approximately 11,500 25,000 square feet.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston
Although not located on JB Charleston, all 600-plus military members assigned to the Coast Guard in the Charleston area are eligible to use support services available at the Air Base or Weapons Station, including base housing and MWR activities. The Lowcountry is home to more than 1,200 Coast Guard active-duty, Reserve and auxiliary personnel.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service
The Exchange is a joint military activity providing quality merchandise and services to active-duty, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and their families at competitively low prices. The Exchange returns earnings to the military services to improve troops’ quality of life and to provide a dividend for MWR programs.
The Navy Exchange (NEX) prides itself on serving military customers. The NEX puts an emphasis on being caring, committed and connected. You can expect to find quality goods and services at a savings. The Navy Exchange saves shoppers an average of 23 percent, plus sales tax. In addition, www.mynavyexchange.com enables visitors to browse store fliers, the deal of the day, special store events, contests and much more. Items can be shipped directly to your home or to Navy Exchange Charleston. With its daily savings and trusted brands, the JB Charleston - Weapons Station NEXprovides support to active duty, Reserve, retired military and their families from all branches of the military. Navy Exchange profits support MWR quality-of-life programs. Shoppers can shop at one of the seven locations: Main NEX, Gas Station/Autoport, Student Store and Uniform Shop at the Weapons Station and the Hospital Store and Gas Station at the Naval Health Clinic, Beaufort, South Carolina. The main NEX is in Building 706 at the Weapons Station.
Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron
The Coastal Charleston Composite Squadron is the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was founded less than a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor during a time of great need for coastal defense. Members flew their own aircraft up and down the coast looking for German U-boats and are credited with spotting 173 subs, attacking 57, damaging 17 and sinking one, possibly two.
CAP members also aided in search and rescue by locating the survivors of 363 ships in trouble and reporting 91 vessels in distress.
Since the end of World War II and 9/11, CAP has adapted to the needs of the U.S. While some units do occasional coastal patrols for the U.S. Coast Guard, CAP focuses its main resources on three missions: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.
Defense Commissary Agency
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries, providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families. Patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared with commercial prices — amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best men and women to serve their country.