Charleston International Airport serves the tri-county area and is adjacent to Joint Base Charleston. In fact, the base and airport share runways.
There are no military shuttles or mass transit services from the airport to the base.
Rental cars are available on-site.
Commercial transportation by taxi is available from the airport to the base.
Driving Directions to JB Charleston — Air Base
From 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 approximately 1.5 miles on the right on Dorchester Road.
From Interstate 95: Take I-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 0.8 mile, and make a left on West Hill Boulevard.
Driving Directions to JB Charleston — Weapons Station
From Charleston International Airport: Exit the airport and get on Highway 526 East, also known as the 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 directions below.
From points west: Exit I-26 to Highway 78 (Exit 205). Travel east for about 4 miles and turn right onto Red Bank Road. The base is ahead 3 miles. NNPTC is ahead on the left about 2 miles after entering NWS.
South Carolina state law requires you to have liability insurance in South Carolina, a valid driver’s license and proper registration to operate a vehicle.
Military personnel, their dependents and students temporarily in South Carolina are not required to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license. However, you must have a current license from your home state to operate a vehicle in South Carolina. If you or a family member chooses to obtain a South Carolina license, you will have to surrender the home-state license.
You may choose to register your vehicle in South Carolina or with your home-of-record state. You must abide by the rules of the state where the vehicle is registered.
You and your passengers must always wear seatbelts while driving or you will be ticketed and fined. State law requires that all children younger than 5 years old be properly restrained in child seats.
Hands-free devices are required to use cellphones while operating a motor vehicle on all military installations worldwide. Texting is not permitted while driving.
All vehicles entering or leaving JB Charleston are subject to search. A 100 percent ID check is in effect.
Military members who operate a motorcycle, on or off base, are required to complete an approved motorcycle safety course and possess proof of training. Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (DOT-approved helmet, eye protection, over-the-ankle sturdy footwear, long pants, long sleeves and full-fingered gloves) are required for active-duty motorcycle and moped riders on and off base. Bicycle riders must wear an approved bicycle helmet. Mopeds with an engine displacement of 49cc or less do not require training but proper PPE is required. Any scooter with an engine displacement 50 cc or over is considered a motorcycle in the state of South Carolina. All other riders are required to abide by the same rules as active-duty personnel while riding on base. Only active-duty personnel are required training.
Although South Carolina law does not require the use of helmets for riders 21 years of age and older, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear them. Operators should seriously consider their safety and health before deciding not to wear protective equipment.
There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
For more information or to schedule motorcycle safety training, contact Wing Safety at 843-963-5605 or DSN 312-673-5605.
JB Charleston does not require vehicle decals. Common Access Cards must be registered with the Security Forces Vehicle and Pass Office at the Main Gate (Hill Boulevard).
Inprocessing at Joint Base Charleston
JB Charleston – Air Base
Documents to Hand Carry
Important papers should not be packed. Take the following items with you: ID cards, PCS orders, passports, leave authorizations, shot records for you and your family, medical records, all documents pertaining to the shipment of household goods, including your personal inventory and/or pictures of your possessions, appraisals for valuable items, last leave and earnings statement, powers of attorney, wills, bank books, state and federal tax records, deeds and mortgages, professional licenses, car registration, spouse resume and last pay statement, list of stocks and bonds, Social Security cards, school records for children, letters of credit for utility waivers, original birth and adoption records, and naturalization records.
On-base lodging is available at the Inns of Charleston. There are three pet-friendly temporary lodging facilities (TLFs) available for an additional fee. Reservations can be made by calling 843-963-8000 or DSN 312-673-8000. If on-base lodging is not available, lodging 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.
Be sure to make temporary lodging reservations well in advance, especially if you need pet-friendly TLFs or motels that accept pets.
Joint Base Charleston introduction information is available at either base gate or at the base lodging office and covers key facilities and phone numbers helpful to a newcomer.
If you arrive during normal business hours, report promptly to your gaining command for further instructions. If you arrive during non-duty hours, report to your gaining command the morning of the soonest duty day. The airman battle uniform is worn during in-processing at the air base. Do not forget to bring your personnel records including orders, medical, dental and financial paperwork when checking in.
The Inns of Charleston on Hill Boulevard is the 24-hour arrival point for those arriving after normal duty hours, on a holiday or weekend. Newcomers arriving on a holiday, a weekend or later than noon on a weekday must turn in their in-processing package at the Military Personnel Section Customer Support Element on the next duty day.
Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. to noon. must turn in the in-processing package and a copy of their orders at the Military Personnel Section Customer Support Element (Building 503, Room 112) on the day of arrival.
The Customer Support Section will schedule newcomers for the mandatory Quick Start briefing. If authorized, request approval for permissive leave for house-hunting while in-processing with your Commander Support Staff. The AF IMT 988 must be approved by your gaining unit commander prior to beginning leave. Your gaining unit can grant as many as eight days.
Quick Start Briefings are held twice a month. The MPS will schedule your attendance. The briefings start at 7:45 a.m. at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Quick Start is a process that condenses all of your mandatory briefings into one day with follow-on medical appointments as necessary.
Your sponsor or unit INTRO monitor will assist you with the required paperwork for in-processing. Your sponsor will also help point you in the right direction or take you to key locations until you are settled into your new community.
If you do not hear from your sponsor, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center for assistance or the 24-hour check-in point, the Inns of Charleston, 843-963-8000 or DSN 312-673-8000.
There are a multitude of resources and services offered by the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) and other base agencies that will help you to make a smooth transition.
The Loan Closet is stocked full of household items available for checkout until your own arrive.
At the A&FRC, newcomers can receive vouchers for as many as 20 hours of free child care funded by the Air Force Aid Society.
Budgeting assistance and the Air Force Aid Society are available for unexpected expenses due to PCS.
JB Charleston – Air Base has an active Key Spouse program that includes welcoming new inbound spouses. All spouses who are new to the area are encouraged to visit the A&FRC in Building 500 for a personal orientation. Spouse Orientation is held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the A&FRC. Child care options are available. Spouses may also attend the in-processing Quick Start briefing along with the active-duty member. This will be scheduled after arrival at JB Charleston.
Both employment and education assistance is available for those spouses who are seeking employment or want to continue their education. The A&FRC has Wi-Fi, computers with Internet access as well as a copier, fax, scanner and typewriter.
For more detailed information, call or stop by the A&FRC.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
104 E. Simpson St., Building 500
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
Fax DSN: 312-673-5781
JB Charleston – Weapons Station
Documents to Hand Carry
Keep copies of all important papers. These should include orders, passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, ID cards, insurance cards, etc. Keep phone numbers for your sponsor, quarterdeck and command ombudsman with you at all times.
Temporary Quarters at the Air Base
Make temporary lodging arrangements as soon as possible due to its limited availability in the Charleston area; there is not a Navy Lodge.
On-base lodging is available at the Inns of Charleston at the Air Base; call 843-963-8000 or DSN 312-673-8000 for reservations. There are three pet-friendly temporary lodge facilities available for an additional fee.
If on-base lodging is not available, lodging can provide a list of off-base motels and hotels.
Contact your gaining command to make arrangements for a sponsor to meet you for checking in during and after working hours.
For arrival after normal duty hours, personnel should contact their command sponsor.
Instructions for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) Students:
When they arrive at Charleston International Airport, all NNPTC students should contact the NNPTC Quarterdeck at 843-794-8000 to ask for a duty driver. After arriving at NNPTC, the training command will handle inprocessing. Students will not be required to report to the Personnel Support Activity Detachment in person. Students are required to wear the uniform of the day when reporting to NNPTC: khakis for E-7 and above, and seasonal uniform for E-6 and below.
Personnel Support Activity Detachment
Red Bank Road, Building 302
For current information regarding relocating to Joint Base Charleston, go to “Installation-Locator” or Military Installations.
Also, if a checklist is preferred, utilize Plan My Move for a step-by-step guide with contact information of Joint Base Charleston agencies that can help your move go smoothly: https://apps.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=PMM:ENTRY:0
For more detailed information, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Fleet and Family Readiness Center
1005 Jefferson Avenue, Building 755
JB Charleston – Weapons Station, SC 29445
Fax DSN: 312-794-7492