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JB Charleston Our Military Joint Base Charleston

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 Weapons Station sits on the west bank of the Cooper River in the cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan. Charleston is a 35-minute drive to the south.

Charleston lies 1,371 miles southeast of the geographic center of the contiguous 48 states. In driving terms, it’s 680 miles southeast of Memphis, Tennessee; 912 miles south of Chicago; 1,100 miles east of Dallas; 743 miles northeast of New Orleans; and 1,168 miles east of Oklahoma City.

Base Size

Joint Base Charleston covers more than 20,000 acres and includes two civilian-military airfields, which it shares with Charleston International Airport. The runways are owned by the U.S. Air Force and Joint Base Charleston and are shared with the airport through the longest-running civilian-military joint-use agreement of its kind with the Department of Defense.

The North Charleston base covers 3,500 acres, and the Weapons Station encompasses more than 17,000 acres, with 10,000 acres of forest and wetlands, 39 miles of rail, 22 miles of coastline and 292 miles of road.


The base has more than 23,000 active-duty military and civilian members on its Air Base and Weapons Station.

About Joint Base Charleston

Team Charleston comprises Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Homeland Security and other Department of Defense agencies working together in the global fight against terrorism and for the spread of world peace.

Joint Base Charleston is home to the 628th Air Base Wing, which delivers installation support to over 90,000 airmen, sailors, soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents and retirees. The base also hosts the 437th Airlift Wing, 315th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve) and more than 60 joint base mission partners.

The Weapons Station employs about 19,400 military, civilian and contract personnel. The Weapons Station is also home to more than 3,800 enlisted nuclear power students living in dormitories and 977 military families who occupy privatized on-base housing. Missions on the Weapons Station range from Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, a medium-security prison in Hanahan, to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Command and Nuclear Power Training Unit. The Weapons Station also houses the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, which provides engineering excellence to the warfighter.

The Weapons Station houses several major training centers and serves as an ordnance station, with 269 bunkers and capacity for more than 60 million pounds of conventional ordnance. The Weapons Station also has state-of-the-art facilities such as the $27 million Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center and the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. There are more than 1,600 buildings on the installation, which enclose more than 42 million square feet and have a replacement value of $2.5 billion.

The Weapons Station is home to the 841st Army Transportation Battalion and the Army Field Support Battalion Afloat, which coordinate the distribution of warfighting equipment from the busiest port in the Army. More than one-third of all Army combat equipment in the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom theaters was loaded through the Weapons Station.

Economic Impact

Joint Base Charleston directly employs about 7,300 active-duty and civilian workers at its North Charleston base, translating into a total employment impact of over 12,200 jobs in the Charleston region and more than $1.7 billion in total output, not including other area military facilities, according to a 2015 report by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Business Research.

The Charleston region is home to Joint Base Charleston and more than 40 military commands representing all branches of the U.S. armed forces. There are over 23,000 active-duty, Reserve and civilian military personnel. The total military payroll has an annual economic impact of more than $11.1 billion and a military-related community of about 80,000 when family members, retirees and dependents are included, according to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The entire aviation complex — including the U.S. Air Force portion of Joint Base Charleston, the Charleston International Airport and Boeing Co.’s Charleston-area presence — pumps more than $13.8 billion into the Charleston region’s economy annually and supports 50,000 local jobs, according to the Center for Business Research report.


JB Charleston Our Military History

Charleston Air Force Base got its start in the 1900s as a local airfield. As interest spiked in aviation because of 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 Corp., purchasing 432 acres from the South Carolina Mining and Manufacturing Co., and acquired the airport facility that same year.

As the world of aviation expanded so did the airfield; improvements costing more than $300,000 were made to the airport in the 1930s and it quickly grew into a hub. With the advent of World War II, the Army Air Corps entered the picture and the War Department assumed control of Charleston Municipal Airport. It was formally activated as a base in 1942.

In October of that year, the base was officially named Charleston Army Air Base under the command of Col. Hoyt Prindle. By June 1943, it was renamed Charleston Army Air Field, serving mainly as an air depot training station and providing the final phase of training to service groups. The base grew during the next few years from about 1,000 to more than 2,000 acres, and nearly $12 million was invested in improvements and new facilities.

With the end of World War II, the government put the base in a surplus status, and the city of Charleston requested the airfield’s return. A new air terminal was constructed in 1947 and commercial operations resumed, with the airfield operating once again as a civilian airport.

The Cold War brought more changes, and the U.S. Air Force received a $28 million public works improvement package approved by Congress to begin troop carrier operations out of Charleston’s airport. A lease agreement was signed between the city and the Air Force that gave the Air Force use of all properties south and west of the Southern Railway tracks. Construction for new base facilities began in 1952, and in 1953 the base was named Charleston Air Force Base.

In 1962, the Air Force decided to retire its C-121 fleet, and two years later, Charleston Air Force Base received its first C-141 Starlifters, which resulted in a change in host units. The 437th Military Airlift Wing assumed command in 1966.

By 1992, the Air Force had completed a systemwide reorganization and the 437th Military Airlift Wing and 315th Military Airlift Wing were both placed under the Air Mobility Command and renamed the 437th Airlift Wing and the 315th Airlift Wing.

The base has remained an alert site for fighter-interceptor aircraft. Even though the last unit to occupy the alert site was a detachment of F-16s from the 158th Fighter Wing in 1999, after the 2011 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the facility began to see some operations by Air Force fighter aircraft resuming the continental defense mission.

In 2005, a Base Realignment and Closure list released by the Department of Defense included Charleston. This meant Charleston Air Force Base would become a joint base with the nearby Naval Weapons Station, with implementation beginning in September 2007.

A year later, the base had grown to almost 3,500 acres, with thousands of active-duty and Reserve personnel and families and hundreds of civilian employees. The base still shares flightlines with Charleston International Airport.

In 2009, the Air Force announced the activation of the 628th Air Base Wing, which now provides installation support and service to more than 90,000 airmen, sailors, soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, contractors, retirees and family members on the air base and at Naval Weapons Station Charleston. Going fully operational as Joint Base Charleston in October 2010, personnel have worked to make the joint base a success.


JB Charleston Our Military Organizations


The 628th Air Base Wing provides installation support to more than 60 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 Joint Base Charleston — on both the air base in North Charleston and the weapons station.

The wing 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 totaling almost 24,000 noncontiguous acres, as well as providing mission-ready expeditionary airmen to combatant commanders in support of joint and combined operations.

The wing supports Joint Base Charleston’s 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 force of 23,300 personnel in support of the 628th Air Base Wing and its mission partners. The multiservice mission for Joint Base 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 agencies that directly support the wing commander and the installation.


The 437th Airlift Wing 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 U.S. global interests. The wing commands assigned airlift and supporting units to maintain 48 assigned C-17A aircraft, to load and unload passengers, out-sized equipment and bulk cargo and for aeromedical evacuation. The 437th Airlift Wing 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.


One of the primary missions of the 315th Airlift Wing is to prepare, equip and train personnel to be a source of augmentation for their active-duty counterparts in the 437th Airlift Wing. This augmentation is not limited to, but can be part of, a rapid response to natural disaster relief because of the expansion of the Air Force strategic mission or in the form of aeromedical airlift capabilities.

Additionally, the wing performs a wide range of peacetime missions and, as part of Team Charleston, integrates with the 437th Airlift Wing to provide support for Air Mobility Command taskings.


JB Charleston Our Military Arrival

See the Getting To & Around Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties chapter on Page 29 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/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 the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 843-963-4406 or the 24-hour check-in point, the Inns of Charleston, at 843-963-8000.


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.

From Charleston International Airport to JB CHS – Air Base

From the 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 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.

From Charleston International Airport to JB CHS – Weapons Station

From the 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 directions below.

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.


Airman & Family Readiness

104 E. Simpson St., Building 500
JB CHS –Air Base 843-963-4406

Your first stop upon arriving on Joint Base Charleston will be The Inns of Charleston, Building 362, which is the 24-hour arrival point for Air Force personnel. Once you have checked in, the staff will assist you in contacting your sponsor or the commander’s support staff for your unit. For additional relocation services, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center in Building 500 at 843-963-4406.

Quick Start Briefings

Quick Start briefings are held twice a month. The Military Personnel Section will schedule your attendance. The briefings start at 7:45 a.m. at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Quick Start condenses all your mandatory briefings into one day with follow-on medical appointments as necessary.

Fleet & Family Readiness

1005 Jefferson Ave., Building 755
JB CHS – Weapons Station 843-794-7480

Contact your gaining command to make arrangements for a sponsor to meet you for checking in during and after working hours. If you arrive after normal duty hours, you should contact your command sponsor. If you need assistance, call the Fleet & Family Support Center at 843-794-7480.

For Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (NNPTC) students: When you 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 in-processing. Students are not 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.


Inns of Charleston

Hill Boulevard, Building 362
Joint Base Charleston 843-963-8000

Open 24/7

Make temporary lodging arrangements as soon as possible because of 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. There are three pet-friendly temporary lodging facilities available for an additional fee. Reservations can be made by calling 843-963-8000. 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.

Be sure to make temporary lodging reservations, especially if you need pet-friendly temporary lodging facilities or motels that accept pets. Check the website for current room rates.

Getting Settled

JB Charleston Our Military Getting Settled


628th Medical Group

204 W. Hill Blvd.

Joint Base Charleston

Appointment Desk 843-963-6880
Pharmacy 843-963-6808
Prescription refills 843-963-6833
TRICARE Patient Administration Flight 843-963-6710

Naval Health Clinic Charleston

110 NNPTC Circle
Goose Creek, SC

Appointments 843-794-6221
Information 843-794-6000

The 628th Medical Group serves Joint Base Charleston and beneficiaries in the surrounding area. Its mission is to ensure a fit and medically ready force; to provide trained, current and extractable medics to meet the local and global challenges; to build a healthier and safer community through preventive medicine; to provide responsive, cost-effective care and service to patients; and to ensure a full spectrum of care with federal and civilian health care providers.

To that end, the 628th Medical Group provides a wealth of medical services, including dentistry, family health, flight medicine, immunizations, lab testing, mental health care, optometry, pediatrics, a pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, women’s health and more. All eligible beneficiaries can call between 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for an appointment.

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.

Dental care services are available to active-duty military only. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. For information about the TRICARE Dental Program, call 855-638-8371 or visit


TRICARE is the health care program for active duty and retirees of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. TRICARE’s primary objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services in the military’s direct care system for all military health system beneficiaries and attain the highest level of patient satisfaction through the delivery of a world-class health care benefit.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable so it moves with you when you relocate. The TRICARE Prime options include TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Prime Remote in the United States, and TRICARE Prime Overseas and TRICARE Global Remote Overseas in regions outside of the United States.

Follow these simple steps to ensure you have no break in coverage when you move:

  • Do not cancel your TRICARE Prime enrollment option before you move.
  • Update your personal information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager (PCM) when moving within the same region, or submit a new Prime enrollment form within 30 days if you’re moving to a new region.

Where you are moving will determine which Prime option you will enroll in. If you move to a new Prime service area, transfer your enrollment by submitting a TRICARE Prime Enrollment and PCM Change Form to your regional contractor. Be sure to include all family members who wish to use Prime on the form.

TRICARE Standard and Extra are available to family members only. Active-duty service members are required to enroll in one of the Prime options. TRICARE Standard and Extra are available throughout the United States, and enrollment is not required. Any active-duty family member who is registered in DEERS may use these programs by seeing any network or non-network provider that is authorized by TRICARE.

If you’re already using TRICARE Standard and Extra, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS immediately. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area.

Here are a few things to remember about using TRICARE Standard and Extra in a new region:

  • In the U.S., visit your new regional contractor’s website for a list of providers. Remember, if you see network providers, you’ll be using the Extra option and pay lower copayments.
  • If you move to a new region, you’ll have a new claims address for submitting your TRICARE claims.
  • Learn your new region’s prior authorization requirements as these requirements may differ by region.

For a complete description of the different types of coverage programs and regions, please visit


Housing Management Office

101 N. Davis Drive
Joint Base Charleston 843-963-3858
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Joint Base Charleston Housing Management Office is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. Upon arrival, service members assigned to JB CHS-Air Base should report to the JB CHS-Air Base Housing Management Office to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Service members assigned to JB CHS-Weapons Station should report to the JB CHS-Weapons Station Housing Management Office.

Unaccompanied Housing

312 Arthur Drive, Building 464 843-963-7255
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with fewer than three years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. The permanent-party unaccompanied housing campus consists of six dormitories. Amenities include washers and dryers. The campus is within walking distance of the dining hall.

Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with greater than three years of service and above will move into housing in the local community.

Family Housing

1501 Touhey Blvd. 843-552-0600

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

At Joint Base Charleston, military family housing is privatized. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you may now choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities, which owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community.

For comprehensive information about homes and amenities available in the Joint Base Charleston privatized housing community, visit


Housing Management Office

2316 Red Bank Road, Suite 100
Goose Creek, SC 843-794-7265
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Joint Base Charleston Weapons Station Housing Management Office is ready to support you in the transition to your new home and community. Use the resources provided to become familiar with the housing options and support services available to you. Upon arrival, service members assigned to JB CHS-Weapons Station should report to the JB CHS-Weapons Station Housing Management Office to receive invaluable information, counseling and guidance prior to entering into a written lease or rental/sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

1 Mahan Circle, Building1484
Goose Creek, SC 843-794-7646
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with fewer than three years of service. Each service member is provided a private sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. The permanent-party unaccompanied housing campus at JBC-WS consists of 15 buildings and 200 spaces. The furnished units include fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers. Amenities include a lounge with refreshment area, basketball court, volleyball court, grills and a picnic area with gazebos. The Joint Base Charleston swimming pool, golf course, tennis courts, outdoor recreation center, commissary and Navy Exchange are conveniently near the unaccompanied housing community.

Unaccompanied Airmen in the rank of E-4 with three years of service and above will move into housing in the local community.

Family Housing

Building 742 Fletcher St.
Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-797-5631

JBWS Charleston Homes, professionally managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, offers a wealth of benefits that are hard to match beyond the gates. With exclusive amenities and 24/7 management and maintenance services, you’ll discover what it means to be “home”. JBWS Charleston Homes welcome you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (extended hours to 7 p.m. on Wednesday), Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Your new home is waiting — contact 843-797-5631, or visit online at today to schedule a tour.

Post Office

These two full-service post office locations are a mile from the base and provide window service weekdays; the lockbox lobby is always open.

Cross County Branch

7075 Cross County Road 843-760-5331

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday

North Charleston Branch

6401 Rivers Ave. 803-926-6354

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

The temporary mailing address for Joint Base Charleston is:

Your Rank/Name
PSC 1 Box 8000
General Delivery
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404-5361


Veterinary Services

107 Scarton Lane 843-963-1838

The Charleston Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility is professionally staffed by Army Veterinary Corps personnel whose primary mission is to provide complete veterinary care for all government-owned animals. Many types of routine care services for the pets of military families are offered. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-963-1838.

All pets living on base must be registered with the Veterinary Treatment Facility upon arrival. Because of the Veterinary Treatment Facility’s limited resources, most veterinary emergency cases are best served through a full-service civilian veterinary hospital.


Joint Base Charleston Chapel

107 Arthur Drive 843-963-2536

JB CHS-Weapons Station Chapel

2316 Red Bank Road 843-794-7222

The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps is dedicated to preserving your right to worship. It provides, or finds a way to provide, for a broad spectrum of worshipers. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, it will do its best to assist you.

The Joint Base Charleston chapel offers counseling and seminars to include premarital, marital, religious, stress and grief/loss. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication.

Catholic services
  • Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (Air Base Chapel), 11:30 a.m. Thursday (Weapons Station Chapel)
  • Saturday Mass, 5 p.m. (Air Base)
  • Sunday Mass, 9 a.m. (Air Base) and 11:30 p.m. (Weapons Station)
  • Reconciliation, 4:15 p.m. Saturday or by appointment
Protestant services
  • Sunday School, 8:30 a.m. (Weapons Station), 9 a.m. (Davis Drive, Bldg. 245)
  • Traditional Service, 10 a.m. Sunday (Weapons Station), 10:30 a.m. (Air Base)


There is no longer a requirement to register your vehicles with Joint Base Charleston. All privately owned vehicles on base must be insured, and a current license plate is required. South Carolina state traffic laws apply on base; see the Getting To & Around Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties chapter on Page 29 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

JB Charleston Our Military Serving You


For hours, menus and special event information, visit and click on selections under the “Dining” tab.

Charleston Club

100 W. Hill Blvd., Building 325 843-963-3922

Gaylor Dining Facility

211 N. Davis Drive, Building 468 843-963-3590

Globemaster Grill (Wrenwoods Golf Course)

100 Cusabee Trail, Building 601 843-963-1840

Snack Bar (Starlifter Lanes Bowling Center)

106 W. McCaw St. 843-963-3316

Rookies Sports Grill

100 W. Hill Blvd., Building 325 843-963-3922


Redbank Club

Red Bank Road, Building 942 843-794-7797


101 Refueling Road, Building 2402 843-794-8218

Fairway Grill and Golf Pub (Redbank Plantation Golf Course)

Behind the Fire Station West Old Tom Road, Building 290 843-794-7828

Snack Bar (Marrington Bowling Center)

Fletcher Street, Building 784 843-794-7235

Dive Bar & Grill

Fletcher Street, Building 1680 843-794-4238


Education Center

101 W. Hill Blvd., Building 221 843-963-4575

National testing centers 843-552-7990

Officer training briefing 843-963-4578

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday

The Education Center provides educational opportunities and counseling services to all Air Force members assigned to Joint Base Charleston, active-duty personnel, DOD civilian employees, adult family members and military retirees.

There are four on-base universities represented — Park University, Embry-Riddle Aero-nautical University, Southern Illinois University and Webster University — offering undergraduate and graduate programs. All offer accelerated courses in eight-week terms on a variety of schedules: lunch, evening, weekend and online.

Park University

101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

Southern Illinois University

101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

Webster University

101 W. Hill Blvd.
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

Professional Enhancement Center

203 S. Davis Drive, Building 247 843-963-2768
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Professional Enhancement Center is the focal point for basic enlisted career advice and all professional development. To provide support to all first-term airmen (FTA), the FTA Center offers a seminar twice a month. All FTAs are required to attend one of these seminars within 30 days of arriving on station. It also guides airmen, officers and civilians toward their professional development by offering professional development courses in leadership, communication, team building, professional writing as well as speech/math CLEP-prep classes. The center also mentors individuals in their career paths to help them toward making informed career-based decisions.


Airman & Family Readiness Center

104 E. Simpson St., Building 500 843-963-4406
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Airman & Family Readiness Center is a one-stop information and referral center that is the cornerstone of the Joint Base Charleston family support system, helping service members and their families enhance their readiness and adapt to the Air Force and Navy way of life by providing measurable and effective service.

The center serves active-duty military members from all services, Guard and Reserve members, retired military members and Department of Defense civilians and their family members. All services are free.

Child Development Center

South Jackson Drive, Building 1950 843-963-4366
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Child Development Center offers weekly care for children 6 month to 5 years old, and hourly care is available on a space-available basis with reservations. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment that promotes the social, cognitive, language and physical development of youngsters. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and follows standards set by the Air Force Services Agency.

Children of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors are eligible. Fees are based on total family income. Registration requires a completed DD Form 2606, immunization records, leave and earnings statements and emergency contact info.

Exceptional Family Member Program

Building 500 843-963-4406

This program provides special-needs families with information and referral services.

Family Child Care

2373 White Circle 843-963-2546
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Family Child Care provides an alternative to child development center care for families that need evening care, weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, as well as care during swing and midnight shifts.

The program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children.

FCC providers are well-trained, they and their family members undergo a thorough background check and their homes are inspected for fire safety, health, safety and other requirements. In addition, their homes are monitored on a regular basis by the program staff.

School Liaison

Building 500 843-963-4438
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

The school liaison office is the connection between Air Base families and private and public schools. The office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.

Youth Programs

2451 N. O’Neal Ave., Building 1993 843-963-5684

This Joint Base Charleston Youth Center is for kids ages 5 to 18. It offers a wide variety of activities that focus on character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, informal youth sports, and fitness and recreation.

The School Age Care offers programs before school, after school and all day during school holidays, teacher in-service days and during school vacations for elementary and middle school children, kindergarten through fifth grade. The program features structured and unstructured educational and leisure activities, including arts and crafts, games, sports, sewing and cooking activities.

Hours vary depending on school schedule; see the website for up-to-date information, including registration deadlines.


Fleet and Family Support Center

1005 Jefferson Ave., Building 755 843-794-7480

The Fleet and Family Support Center helps promote self-reliance and resiliency to strengthen the military and its family members, supports mission readiness, assists commanders in planning for and responding to family readiness needs and facilitates building a strong community network of services through community outreach and partnerships.

Child Development Center

Von Steuben Street, Building 1693 843-794-7408
6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Child Development Center offers developmental and educational care for older infants, toddlers and preschool children from 6 months to 5 years old. The center, which features a nationally accredited program certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides a safe, nurturing environment while promoting the physical, emotional and intellectual development of young children.

CDC programs are available for dependents of active-duty military, DOD civilians and nonappropriated fund civilian employees on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents may register their children for care at Registration requires an AF Form 1181, DD Form 2652, a CDC contract and a USDA Food Program Application. Fees are in accordance with the Department of Defense guidelines and are based on total family income on a slidingscale.

Youth Programs

Chapel Drive, Building 788 843-794-7809

Joint Base Charleston Youth Programs is open to youth ages 5 to 18. The program offers recreational, educational and social activities, including team sports, clinics, instructional classes, and the Keystone and Torch Clubs. The program is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and has earned the Boys and Girls Club of America Commitment to Quality Program Award. The program also earned an Honors Award for Excellence in all five core areas from the South Carolina Boys and Girls Club Area Council.

Hours vary depending on school schedule; see the Youth Programs website for up-to-date information, including registration deadlines.


Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

2375 White Circle
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union

309 N. Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


Legal Assistance – Air Base

102 E. Hill Boulevard, Building 1600, Room 135 843-963-5502

Walk-in legal consultation is available from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday for active-duty military in uniform and from 1 to 3 p.m. for everyone else.

Wills are by appointment from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Power of attorney and notary services are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday.

Legal Assistance – Weapons Station

2316 Red Bank Road, Building 84 843-963-5502

Walk-in legal consultation is available 8 to 11 a.m. Monday (arrive by 10:30 a.m.). Wills are done by appointment only noon to 2 p.m. Monday.

Legal consultation is available by appointment at the Naval Weapons Station in Building 206 from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Notaries and powers of attorney are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 8 to 11 a.m. Friday. The office is closed daily for lunch from 11 to noon.

For all legal assistance and will appointments contact the legal office at 843-963-5502 or 843-794-7500. For a referral to a civilian attorney, contact the Lawyer Referral Service at 800-868-2284.


JB CHS-Air Base Main Library

106 W. McCaw St., Building 215 843-963-3320

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

JB CHS-Weapons Station Branch

2316 Red Bank Road, Building 732 843-794-7900

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

The Joint Base Charleston Library is composed of two branches: the main Air Base branch and the Weapons Station branch. It offers a full range of services for all patrons.


For more information about the recreational programs, visit the Joint Base Charleston Force Support Squadron online at


Pool 843- 963-3344

The Air Base pool opens annually Memorial Day holiday weekend through mid-August for swim lessons, lap swim and community use. Pool passes are available for purchase at the Air Base Outdoor Recreation Center and at the pool. Visit the pool’s webpage for information about hours, prices and more.

Car Wash

Corner of Scott and Davis drives

Four wash stalls and two power vacuums help the base population keep their vehicles clean 24/7.

Charleston Fitness and Sports Center

Hill Blvd., Building 225 843-963-3347

5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, closed holidays and family down days

The center offers a broad range of facilities, programs and services, including basketball/volleyball courts, free weights, 120 cardiovascular machines, a 23-station circuit-training area, TRX training station, dual-screen indoor spinning room, parent/child play room, racquetball courts, outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, softball fields, a 400-meter oval track, a 2.6- and 3-mile lighted pathway, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, saunas and steam rooms. About 250,000 patrons annually enjoy more than 50 group exercise classes weekly, seven unit-level intramural sports leagues, CrossFit, salsa dance, martial arts and a Wellbeats virtual trainer. Patrons may also check out equipment including basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, boxing gear, jump ropes, racquetball gear, heart rate monitors, dodge balls and stop watches. Customers must provide their own locks for the center’s daily use lockers.

Framing, Engraving and Gifts

Scarton Lane, Building 647 843-963-1936
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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, wedding party gifts or other occasions, the shop can provide outstanding service at reasonable prices. Don’t 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.

The shop also assists patrons with placing vehicles, trailers and recreational vehicles on the Air Base Resale Lot on Davis Drive. Bring in current registration and insurance, and the shop can help you get it sold for a minimal fee.

Movie Theater

Air Base Globemaster Theater
South Davis Drive, Building 219

The Globemaster Theater features free movies at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater opens a half-hour before showtime. Look for special holiday and vacation showings too. Check the website for current movie listings.

Outdoor Recreation Center

101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1672
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

The Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC) is the place to be for equipment rentals, FamCamp, the Air Base picnic area, skeet and trap range, swimming pool, recreational vehicle storage lot, outdoor recreation programs, and trips, tours and tickets to amusements and attractions. The more than 100 items for rent include camping and fishing gear, party games, dunk tanks, boats and kayaks. Get a full-body workout while having a blast tackling the Climbing Wall. Walk-ins and beginners are welcome. The center’s grounds feature three covered pavilions that include grills, as well as soda machines, bathrooms, water and electricity. Experience precision shooting at the Skeet & Trap range (guns and ammunition are not provided). Stop by the pool during the summer to have fun with “Silly Summer Games.” The ORC has trips and tours available every month. You and your family can discover all of the outdoors, try football games, tour Charleston, go kayaking or canoeing and take classes in scuba or stand-up paddle board. Information, Tickets & Travel offers discount tickets to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Charleston tours and North Carolina and Georgia attractions.

Single Airman Initiative

101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1672

The Single Airman Initiative provides single and unaccompanied airmen and sailors ages 18 to 25 off-duty programming and social activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, adding quality of life. Free or reduced-priced programming offering high-adventure activities and fitness help provide a solid community base. Excursions include volunteer opportunities, skydiving, rafting, paintball, kayaking, cornhole tournaments and more.

Starlifter Lanes

104 W. McCaw St. 843-963-3315
Snack bar 843-963-3316

6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday

Strike up some family-friendly fun at Star­lifter Lanes. The bowling alley is “the” spot available for special events of all sizes, Xtreme bowling, birthday parties or a few practice rolls. The center offers state-of-the-art lanes and scoring equipment, full-service pro shops and organized tournaments and leagues. Feeling lucky? Bingo programs make a stop at each location. Score a turkey then order up some tasty treats at the snack bar.

Wrenwoods Golf Course

100 Cusabee Trail, Building 601 843-963-1833
Globemaster Grill 843-963-1840

Wrenwoods is a world-class, designed golf course sculpted from 200 acres, within the gates of JB CHS–Air Base. As both the namesake of the state bird as well as a nod to the many native Southern pines found throughout South Carolina, Wrenwoods supports an abundant wildlife population that provides the perfect backdrop for a serene golf setting.

The Par 72 course maintains a reputable layout. Designed by George Cobb in 1966, the course remains true to his philosophy of “providing a good-time atmosphere.”

The course also offers PGA instruction, a full-service snack bar and golf shop, practice greens and driving ranges, tournament play and organization fundraising opportunities. Visit the course’s webpage for fees, tournament schedules and more.


Auto Skills Center

Fletcher St., Building 776 843-794-7752

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or depend on the help of a skilled automotive professional for vehicle maintenance and repair, we’ve got everything you need to make car problems things of the past. The Auto Skills Center offers automobile and motorcycle service bays, with a full line of tools included with every bay rental. The center carries basic lines of automotive chemicals, additives and lubricants as well as the most popular oils, filters and battery brands. Need a part that’s not in stock? The center will order it and have it delivered, usually within the hour. Selling a car, truck, camper, boat or motorcycle? The JB CHS–Weapons Station’s “Hot Deals on Wheels” used-vehicle lot offers the only authorized place to display vehicles for sale on the installation.

Foster Creek Recreational Lodging

1956 Fletcher Street, Building 1700 843-794-2120

Located on the Naval Weapons Station, Foster Creek Recreational Lodging offers 16 vacation rental homes and 54-site back-in recreational vehicle park at FamCamp. Each vacation rental villa features a furnished living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and a front and back yard with covered parking. FamCamp amenities include: showers and a laundry facility, WiFi access, a playground area, creekside picnic area, water access for canoes and kayaks and access to hiking and biking trails. Each site features full hookups, 30/50 amp service, concrete pad, picnic table and grill. Pets are allowed.

For more details about amenities and fees for rentals, visit the Foster Creek webpage.

Information, Tickets & Travel

Located in the Outdoor Adventure Center, Building 1700 843-794-2122
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Information, Tickets & Travel offers discount tickets to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Charleston tours, and North Carolina and Georgia attractions. Whatever travel destinations you seek, the ITT staff can also help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.

Liberty Program

Bowman Center, Building 2401 843-794-8223
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Working side by side with the Single Airman Initiative, this program offers active-duty military E-1 to E-6 off-duty programming and entertainment. The Bowman Center on the campus of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command is open more than 90 hours a week, offering sailors and airmen a high-tech recreation center. Re-energize with gaming, a pool tournament or the latest film from the Navy Motion Picture Service.

Marrington Bowling Center

Fletcher Street, Building 784 843-794-7235

As of fall 2016, Marrington Bowling Center was closed for renovations. Please visit Starlifter Lanes on the Air Base or check with the Marrington website about when it will reopen.

MenRiv Car Wash

Red Bank Road, Building 1075

This car wash and detailing pavilion, which is open 24/7, features four bays each, one of which can accommodate RVs and has a 3-foot platform for hard-to-reach spots. Vacuums, electrical outlets and cleaning products are available.

Movie Theater

Red Bank Road, Building 718 843-794-2120

The Cinema One Theater features free movies brought to you by the Navy Motion Picture Service. Movies are shown at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The theater opens a half-hour before showtime. Look for special holiday and vacation showings too. Check the website for current movie listings.

New Wave Aquatic Center

Red Bank Road, Behind the NEX gas station 843-794-4092

Escape the summer heat with a cool dip in the pool, open from Memorial Day through mid-August. The facility’s programs include youth and adult swim lessons, lifeguard courses, water aerobics, special parties and more. Amenities include two diving boards, a 35-foot slide, a climbing wall and hot showers. Families will enjoy the baby pool and shaded break area with tables. Lap swimming is scheduled in the early morning as well as early afternoon. Individual and family passes are available for a low cost.

Outdoor Adventure Center

Fletcher Street, Building 1700 843-794-2120

11a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

The Outdoor Adventure Center is your one-stop for rental equipment, event information and local attraction tickets. State and Weapons Station hunting and fishing passes, as well as Marrington Plantation use passes, are available year-round. Still need adventure? Try the 30-foot climbing wall. Need space for relatives coming to the Charleston area? Try the fully equipped two- to four-bedroom vacation rentals or the family-friendly RV camp. Foster Creek Villas and FamCamp are affordable options right here on the Weapons Station. Reservations can be made 90 days in advance.

Redbank Plantation Golf Course

West Old Tom Road, Building 290 843-794-7828

Test your skill amid the serenity of 125 acres of rolling, lush terrain. Huge oaks and bountiful wildlife surround you in this challenging course set within natural marshland. Authorized Weapons Station personnel can now bring guests to play at the course. Guests are permitted through the main gate (with photo ID) when accompanying authorized personnel.

Sam’s Fitness Center

Red Bank Road, Building 708 843-794-4173

Stay motivated to break a sweat while choosing from more than 40 cardio machines, a full line of circuit training machines, three racquetball courts, a multipurpose basketball/volleyball court and more than 4,000 pounds of free weights. The facility offers men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and saunas. Personal trainers are a free service. Supplements, drinks and therapeutic massage are available for purchase. Outside facilities include six tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, softball facilities, a soccer/flag football field, soccer/ultimate Frisbee fields, a full 18-hole disc golf course and more. Patrons may check out equipment including basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, boxing gear, jump ropes, racquetball gear and more. Customers provide their own locks for the center’s daily use lockers.

Short Stay

211 Short Stay Road
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

It’s easy to rent log cabins, a two-bedroom roundette or two- to three-bedroom villas at this beautiful 55-acre lakeside recreational getaway. The facility also has RV sites. Reservations may be made three months in advance for all eligible personnel either by phone, in person or online at Area amenities include a convenience store, game room, laundry, swimming beach, five picnic pavilions, two boat ramps and the Lakeview Conference Center and Club House. Also available are 24-foot pontoon boats, 20-foot center consoles and 18-foot fish/ski boats, sailboats, stand up paddleboards (SUP), canoes and kayaks for rent at the Short Stay Boat Shop or the Life Guard Shack when the beach front is open. Organized activities include sailing, SUP and kayak classes from certified instructors. Live local entertainment on the beach on certain weekends during the summer. The office also sells fishing licenses.


JB CHS-Air Base

103 Lawson Drive, Building 1991
Charleston, SC 29404 843-963-7469
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

Save an average of 30 percent of your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the Commissary. In-store amenities and specialties include a bakery, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken, sushi and Ye Old Butcher Shoppe.

JB CHS-Weapons Station

1797 Red Bank Road, Building 794
Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-794-2020
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday

The commissary prides itself on providing customers with the best selections in fresh fruits and vegetables, USDA choice meats, dairy products, canned goods, health and beauty aids, beverages, cleaning supplies and special-category line items such as Mexican, German, Asian and gourmet foods. It also offers a deli, bakery, fresh sandwiches to go, plants, rotisserie chicken and a sushi bar.

JB CHS–Air Base

101 Lawson Drive, Building 1990
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Base Exchange on the corner of O’Neal Avenue and Lawson Drive contains a large retail store, concession area and exchange restaurants, giving it a mall-like feel. Adjacent to the Exchange is the Express/Class Six, a convenience store with snacks, soft drinks and other convenience needs, as well as gasoline and Redbox video rentals. The Military Clothing Store, in the shopping center complex, is headquarters for all uniform needs.

Exchange Mobile Center 843-297-8253
Military Clothing Store 843-552-8606

Exchange Restaurants

Burger King 843-552-9415
Charley’s Grilled Subs 843-552-9415
Subway 843-552-9415


Alterations 843-760-6635
Barbershop 843-552-4880
Beauty Salon 843-552-0812
Laundry/Dry Cleaners 843-408-0441
GNC 843-552-0893
Optical Shop 843-552-1139
UPS 843-641-7002

Express/Class Six

Building 1951
Express/Class Six 843-207-0615

Other Facilities

PODS Portable Storage 866-667-5593

JB CHS – Weapons Station

1765 Red Bank Road, Building 706
Goose Creek, SC 29445

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

The Navy Exchange offers items ranging from clothing, purses and jewelry to household necessities, appliances, electronics, and lawn and garden essentials.

Professional services provided in the NEX and nearby retail and services areas include the Autoport, Beauty Shop and Barbershop, Package Store, flower shop, including FTD flowers by wire, Charleston Gift Shop, Western Union, Uniform Center/Tailor Shop with embroidery services for all branches, dry cleaning and laundry services, and a mailing center with mail box rentals, as well as discounts on PODS, or temporary storage containers.

Main Store Directory

Barbershop 843-794-7755
Customer Service 843-794-7042, ext. 36
Electronics 843-794-7042, ext. 26
Flower Shop 843-794-7042, ext. 36
Jewelry/Fragrances 843-794-7042, ext. 31
Garden Shop 843-794-7042, ext. 40
Layaway 843-794-7042, ext. 36
Package Store 843-794-7042, ext. 30
Personalized Services 843-794-7042, ext. 36
Western Union 843-794-7042, ext. 36

Other Facilities

Autoport Retail, Building 724 843-794-7573
Barbershop NNPTC 843-794-7116
Charleston Student Store,
140 Fletcher St., Goose Creek 843-794-7735
Gas Lanes, Building 348 775-426-2583
Uniform Shop, Building 1700 843-794-2113

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