JOINT BASE CHARLESTON

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in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties

Joint Base Charleston consists of two installations separated by about 12 miles. The air base sits roughly 10 miles from historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and lies within the North Charleston city limits in the heart of what is known locally as the Lowcountry — where pine and oak forests meet the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway marshes and barrier island beaches. The naval weapons station sits on the west bank of the Cooper River in the cities of Goose Creek and Hanahan. From the weapons station, Charleston is a 40-minute drive south.

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

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

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

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

Population

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

Economic Impact

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

History

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 flight lines 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 the naval weapons station. Going fully operational as Joint Base Charleston in October 2010, personnel have worked to make the joint base a success.

Organizations

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628TH AIR BASE WING

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 across four installations, including the air base and the weapons station.

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 wing is comprised of two operational groups and a wing staff directorate. The 628th Mission Support Group provides programs, policies, services and facilities 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 eligible beneficiaries and ensures wing personnel are medically prepared for deployments.

Wing staff includes agencies that directly support the wing commander and the installation.

437TH AIRLIFT WING

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. The wing commands assigned airlift and supporting units to maintain assigned C-17A aircraft; to load and unload passengers, out-sized equipment and bulk cargo; and for aeromedical evacuation. The 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 wing’s missions range from supporting U.S. embassies to supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters. The wing also supports the Denton Program, which provides space-available transportation to nonprofit organizations, providing humanitarian cargo to more than 11 countries.

315TH AIRLIFT WING

One of the primary missions of the 315th Airlift Wing is to prepare, equip and train reserve airmen to be a source of augmentation for their active-duty counterparts in the 437th Airlift Wing. This augmentation includes rapid response to natural disaster relief because of the expansion of the Air Force strategic mission and 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.

NAVAL CONSOLIDATED BRIG CHARLESTON

Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston ensures the security, good order, discipline and safety of adjudged and pretrial prisoners. The brig also aims to retrain and restore personnel to honorable service or prepare prisoners for return to civilian life as productive citizens. When directed, the brig also detains enemy combatants in accordance with guidance from the president via the secretary of defense.

NAVAL NUCLEAR POWER TRAINING COMMAND

The Naval Nuclear Power Training Command prepares safe and trusted naval nuclear operators ready for follow-on prototype training and, ultimately, service in the fleet. The command’s Nuclear Field A School provides fundamental rate training for future nuclear machinist’s mates, electrician’s mates and electronic technicians. The command’s Nuclear Power School trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.

NUCLEAR POWER TRAINING UNIT

The Nuclear Power Training Unit is a technical school that trains enlisted sailors, officers, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory civilians and Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory civilians for shipboard nuclear power plant operation and maintenance of surface ships and submarines in the U.S. nuclear navy.

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER ATLANTIC

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic meets the nation’s demands for uninterrupted vigilance, fail-safe cybersecurity, adaptive response and engineering excellence by delivering secure, integrated and innovative solutions to many naval, joint and national agencies. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic designs, acquires, engineers and sustains the systems, sensor connections, cyber network infrastructures and knowledge management services to ensure reliable information is available to only those who need it, where and when it is needed.

841ST ARMY TRANSPORTATION BATTALION

The 841st Transportation Battalion’s mission is to deploy and conduct surface deployment and redeployment distribution and water terminal operations to support and sustain the war fighter. The battalion is responsible for DOD cargo on commercial vessels from the port of Savannah, Georgia, to Maine along the Atlantic coast. The battalion conducts documentation support and port clearance and loads, unloads and onward-moves cargo that comes via the ocean and goes out via rail or truck. By doing so, the battalion helps missions around the globe to get critical supplies and equipment.

Arrival

JB Charleston Our Military Arrival

 

See the Getting To & Around Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties chapter on Page 26 for information about local airports, train service and public transportation. The closest commercial flights land at Charleston International Airport, which serves the tri-county area and is adjacent to Joint Base Charleston. There are no military shuttles or mass transit services from the airport to the base, although rental cars and taxi service are available at the airport.

SPONSORSHIP

Contact your sponsor with your estimated arrival time and flight information if applicable prior to your arrival at Joint Base Charleston.

Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Joint Base Charleston. Your sponsor will answer any questions you have about the base and the local area, make lodging or dorm arrangements and meet you upon arrival. Your sponsor will be there to help you and your family until you are settled into your new community.

If you have not been in touch with a sponsor and your departure is nearing, contact your gaining unit or call the air base’s Airman & Family Readiness Center at 843-963-4406 or the weapons station’s Fleet & Family Support Center at 843-794-7480.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Cellphone use by the driver of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited on all Department of Defense installations unless the cellphone is used with a hands-free device.

To the Air Base

From the Charleston International Airport: Take the access road to Michaux Parkway and turn right. Proceed to the Dorchester Road intersection and turn right onto Dorchester Road. The main gate is about 1.5 miles on the right.

From Interstate 95: Take Interstate 26 east to Ashley Phosphate Road, Exit 209A. Turn right onto Ashley Phosphate Road, then left onto Cross County Road and go 2.2 miles. Then turn left onto Dorchester Road, go about a mile, and make a left on West Hill Boulevard.

To the Weapons Station

From Charleston International Airport: Exit the airport and get on Interstate 526 east, also known as Mark Clark Expressway. Take the North Rhett exit, turn left onto North Rhett and drive approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right onto Red Bank Road. The base is straight ahead.

From points south or north: Exit I-95 for I-26 east, then follow the “from points west” directions.

From points west: Exit I-26 to U.S. Route 78 (Exit 205). Travel east for about 4 miles and turn right onto Red Bank Road. The base is 3 miles ahead. After entering the weapons station, the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command will be 2 miles ahead on your left.

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

The Inns of Charleston is the 24-hour arrival point for both the air base and the weapons station. Personnel arriving after normal duty hours or on a holiday or weekend should report there to sign in.

Air Base Check-in

Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. must report to their units prior to reporting to the Military Personnel Section Customer Support Section (Building 503, Room 112) for in-processing on the day of arrival. The following documents are required for in-processing at the MPS Customer Support Section: your in-processing package (a large sealed envelope), your in-processing worksheet (from your gaining unit) and a copy of your orders. The MPS Customer Support Section will work with your unit’s customer support section to schedule you for the Quick Start briefing. Quick Start is a mandatory in-processing appointment for all Air Force newcomers to Joint Base Charleston. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Newcomers arriving after normal duty hours or on a holiday or weekend must turn in their in-processing package at the MPS Customer Support Section on the next duty day after visiting their gaining unit following arrival. Your sponsor or unit CSS will assist you with completing the required paperwork relating to in-processing.

Weapons Station Check-in

Contact your gaining command to make arrangements for a sponsor to meet you for check-in during and after working hours. The weapons station’s quarterdeck is not manned 24/7.

The weapons station is primarily an open base with many facilities outside the gate. If you are unsure of where you should check in for your new command, call the base quarterdeck for guidance and ask for further assistance or directions from the guards at the gate. They can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 843-764-7901.

TEMPORARY LODGING

Inns of Charleston
Building 362,
202 Hill Blvd. 843-963-8000
www.jbcharleston.com/lodging/inns-of-charleston

On-base lodging is available at the Inns of Charleston on the air base. Make temporary lodging arrangements as soon as possible because of limited availability in the Charleston area; there is no Navy Lodge. If on-base lodging is not available, the lodging office will provide a list of off-base motels and hotels. Single members E-4 and below with fewer than three years’ active duty will be assigned a dormitory room upon arrival.

Pet-friendly temporary lodging facilities are available at the inn for an additional fee. Inn amenities include wireless internet, laundry facilities and a business center. For more information and current room rates, visit the inn’s website.

Getting Settled

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HEALTH CARE

628th Medical Group


Joint Base Charleston Clinic (Air Base)
204 W. Hill Blvd.

Appointments 843-963-6880
Pharmacy 843-963-6833

Naval Health Clinic Charleston (Weapons Station)
110 NNPTC Circle 843-794-6000

Appointments 843-794-6221

The 628th Medical Group serves Joint Base Charleston and beneficiaries in the surrounding area. The 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.

The dental clinic serves active-duty military. Family members of active-duty personnel are encouraged to use the TRICARE Dental Program. Program information is available by visiting www.tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/TDP.

TRICARE

TRICARE is the health care program for active-duty and retired service members, their families and survivors. TRICARE provides health plans, prescriptions, dental plans and other special health programs to its beneficiaries. TRICARE’s mission is to enhance the Department of Defense and the nation’s security by providing health support for the full range of military operations and sustaining the health of all those entrusted to their care.

TRICARE offers a range of health care plans. TRICARE Prime is the mandatory health care option for active-duty service members. Family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families may also use this option. If you use TRICARE Prime, you are assigned a primary care manager at a military or network provider who delivers most of your care. If you need care your PCM cannot provide, you are referred to a specialist. Active-duty service members and their families pay nothing out of pocket for this option; however, there is less freedom to choose your provider. On Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE Standard and Extra were combined into a new plan, TRICARE Select. Select is a standardized fee-for-service plan available to family members of active-duty service members, retired service members and their families. After you enroll in TRICARE Select, you may schedule an appointment with any TRICARE-authorized provider. Referrals are not required, but you may need prior authorization from your regional contractor for some services. You will pay a copay or cost share based on the type of care and provider you see. Costs for Select vary, but you will pay an annual deductible as well as a percentage of covered services. Non-network providers may charge up to 15 percent more than the TRICARE allowable charge; you are responsible for these extra charges. TRICARE also offers plans for remote and overseas locations, reserve military members, young adults who are no longer covered under regular TRICARE coverage and other scenarios.

TRICARE coverage is completely portable, so it moves with you when you relocate. 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 DEERS immediately when you arrive at your new location.
  • Select a new primary care manager.

If you are already using TRICARE Select, moving is easy. When you arrive at your new location, update your personal information in DEERS. Then find TRICARE-authorized providers in your new area. Remember, you may have a new regional contractor and claims filing address.

TRICARE’s online tools can help you find and compare plans that you are qualified to use. Beginning in 2019, however, TRICARE will allow you to switch between plans only if you have a “qualifying life event” such as the birth of a baby or a move. For a complete description of the types of coverage programs and regions, visit www.tricare.mil. For more information about recent changes to TRICARE, visit https://tricare.mil/changes.

HOUSING

Housing Management Office

Air Base
101 N. Davis Drive 843-963-3858

Weapons Station
2316 Red Bank Road, Suite 100 843-794-7265

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-Charleston

The Joint Base Charleston Housing Management Offices are ready to help you transition to your new home and community. Use the offices’ resources to become familiar with available housing options and support services. When you arrive at Joint Base Charleston, visit the HMOs for valuable information, counseling and guidance before signing any lease or sales contract for housing.

Unaccompanied Housing

Air Base
Building 464, Room 121,
312 Arthur Drive 843-963-7255

Weapons Station
Building 1484,
1 Mahan Circle 843-794-7646

www.housing.af.mil/Units/Joint-Base-Charleston

In general, unaccompanied housing is provided for unaccompanied service members in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 and E-4 with fewer than three or four years of service. Each service member is provided a sleeping room, furnishings, bed linens and supplies required for comfortable living. For more information on the dorms at the air base and weapons station, contact the unaccompanied housing offices.

Family Housing

Air Base
1501 Touhey Blvd. 844-219-9093
www.jbcharlestonfamilyhousing.com

Weapons Station
Building 742,
Fletcher Street 843-797-5631

www.jbwscharlestonhomes.com

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 choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Hunt Military Communities at the air base or Balfour Beatty Communities at the weapons station, which owns the family housing and is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing and managing the community.

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

MAIL

Post Office

Cross County Branch
7075 Cross County Road
North Charleston, SC 29418 803-926-6354

North Charleston Branch
6401 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29406 803-926-6354

These two full-service post office locations are near the air base and weapons station. For more post office locations, visit www.usps.com.

The temporary mailing address for Joint Base Charleston is:

Your rank and name

PSC 1 Box 8000
General Delivery
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

PETS

Veterinary Services
107 Scarton Lane 843-963-1738
www.fb.com/CharlestonVTF

The air base’s veterinary treatment facility provides complete veterinary care for all government-owned animals. Many types of routine care services for the pets of military families are also offered by appointment only.

All pets living on base must be registered with the facility upon arrival. Base housing may limit the number and breed of pets; contact the family housing offices for more information.

Due to limited resources, most veterinary emergency cases are best served through a full-service civilian veterinary hospital; see the Military Buyer’s Guide tab to connect with local veterinarians.

RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE

Air Base Chapel
107 Arthur Drive 843-963-2536
www.fb.com/jointbasecharlestonchapel

Weapons Station Chapel
707 Chapel Drive 843-794-7222
www.jbcharleston.jb.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Article/233009/chapel

Joint Base Charleston chaplains are dedicated to preserving your right to worship. They provide, or find a way to provide, for a broad spectrum of worshipers. If you are seeking spiritual support for any denomination or faith group, they will do their best to assist you.

The base chapels offer counseling and seminars for premarital, marital, religious, stress, grief and loss issues. All counseling sessions are covered by privileged communication. For current service times, visit the chapel websites.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

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 for more information. All vehicles entering or leaving base are subject to search.

Serving You

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DINING

Air Base
Gaylor Dining Facility

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

Globemaster Grill (Wrenwoods Golf Course)

Building 601,
100 Cusabee Trail 843-963-1840

Rookies Sports Grill (Charleston Club)

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

Snack Bar (Starlifter Lanes Bowling Center)

Building 214,
106 W. McCaw St. 843-963-3316

Starbucks (Charleston Club)

Building 325, 100 W. Hill Blvd. 843-963-3914

Weapons Station

Dive Bar & Grill

Building 1680, Fletcher Street 843-794-4238

Fairway Grill (Redbank Plantation Golf Course)

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

Galley

Building 2409 843-794-8215

Redbank Club

Building 942,
2316 Red Bank Road 843-794-7797

Snack Bar (Marrington Bowling Center)

Building 784, Fletcher Street 843-794-7235

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

EDUCATION

Air Base Education Center

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

www.jbcharleston.com/education/education-center

The air base’s education center supports active-duty members, reservists, National Guard personnel, dependents and civilians who are pursuing higher education degrees and certifications. The center also assists those attending the Community College of the Air Force and provides guidance on commissioning programs. Representatives from Park University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Southern Illinois University are available to discuss higher education opportunities.

Navy College Program

www.navycollege.navy.mil

The Navy College Program provides sailors with opportunities to earn college degrees through a variety of options. The program’s mission is to provide continual academic support to sailors while they pursue a college degree, regardless of their location or duty station.

The Navy College Program is now fully virtual. Use the self-service Navy College Program website to access information about college education and other programs available to those in the Navy. The site can also help you connect with counselors who can help you explore your options and find what’s best for you.

Professional Enhancement Center

www.jbcharleston.com/professional-enhancement-center

The air base’s Professional Enhancement Center is the focal point for basic enlisted career advice and all professional development. The center guides airmen, officers and civilians in their professional development by offering professional development courses in leadership, communication, team building and professional writing, as well as speech and math CLEP-prep classes. The center mentors individuals in their career paths to help them make informed career-based decisions.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Airman & Family Readiness Center
(Air Base)

Building 500,
104 E. Simpson St. 843-963-4406

Fleet & Family Support Center
(Weapons Station)

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

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/military-family-support-2

The Military & Family Support team is staffed at two centers: the Airman & Family Readiness Center at the air base and the Fleet & Family Support Center at the weapons station. The centers are one-stop information and referral centers that are 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. Key programs and services include deployment support, relocation assistance, personal financial management, employment assistance, family life education, transition assistance, the Exceptional Family Member Program, the school liaison, casualty assistance, volunteering and more.

Child Development Centers
Air Base

Building 227,
1654 E. Jackson Drive 843-963-4366

Weapons Station

Building 1693,
201 Von Steuben St. 843-794-7408

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/ab-child-development-center

Joint Base Charleston child development centers are certified by the Department of Defense and are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each program strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age and promote the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of children. Training and curriculum specialists frequent classrooms to observe, mentor and provide support to staff to ensure they meet high standards of quality care. Learning is promoted through hands-on opportunities and active play.

Eligible patrons include active-duty military personnel, DOD civilian employees, reservists on active duty or inactive duty training status, combat-related wounded warriors, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat-related incident and eligible employees of DOD contractors. Fees are based on total family income. To request care, visit www.MilitaryChildCare.com.

Exceptional Family Member Program

Air Base

Building 500,
104 E. Simpson St. 843-963-4406

Weapons Station

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

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/military-family-support-2

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

Family Child Care

2373 White Circle 843-963-2546

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/family-child-care

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

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.

Call or visit the air base’s Family Child Care office for more information.

School Liaison

Air Base

Building 500,
104 E. Simpson St. 843-963-4406

Weapons Station

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

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/military-family-support-2

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

Youth Programs

Air Base

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

Weapons Station

Building 788, Chapel Drive 843-794-7809

www.jbcharleston.com/youth-family/youth-programs-2

Joint Base Charleston Youth Programs offer a variety of recreational, educational and sports programs for youth 5 to 18 years of age.

School Age Programs offer care before and after school and during school holidays, teacher in-service days and school vacations for elementary and middle school students. The program provides age-appropriate activities through the 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America curricula. The program helps students build life skills, explore creative arts and develop healthy lifestyles. Transportation is offered at select schools in the North Charleston and Goose Creek area.

The Open Rec and Teen Program offers activities for preteens and teens. Activities include lock-ins, dances, field trips, health and fitness activities, college and career preparation, and leadership opportunities.

Sports programs for youth 4 to 12 years of age help children and youth develop the fundamental skills for each sport and instill sportsmanship qualities.

The Youth Sponsorship Program assists youth with transitioning to or from Joint Base Charleston, connecting students with a fellow student at their destination base.

Other programs include instructional classes for interests like martial arts and dance. For a full list of youth activities at Joint Base Charleston, visit the website.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Air Base

Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union
2375 White Circle 843-832-2700
www.heritagetrust.org

Weapons Station

Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union
309 N. Goose Creek Blvd. 843-820-6070
www.bayerhfcu.com

LEGAL SERVICES

Legal Assistance
Air Base

102 E. Hill Blvd. 843-963-5502

Weapons Station

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

Legal services are provided to active-duty members, active Guard and reserve members, retirees and dependents. Civilian personnel and contractors who are deploying are eligible for wills and powers of attorney.

The legal offices can provide assistance with wills, powers of attorney and notarization. The offices can also advise service members on a variety of topics, including adoptions, divorce and separation, immigration, landlord-tenant issues, personal finances and debt, taxes and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Visit the Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil to review basic information on legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members and to fill out online legal worksheets prior to a visit to the air base legal office for expedited
service.

LIBRARY
Air Base

Building 215,
102 E. Hill Blvd. 843-963-3320

Weapons Station

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

www.jbcharleston.com/library

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.

RECREATION

For information about the recreational programs at Joint Base Charleston, visit the Joint Base Charleston Force Support Squadron online at www.jbcharleston.com.

Aquatics

Air Base 843-963-1672

www.jbcharlestonorc.com/pool

Weapons Station

Boone Avenue 843-794-4092

www.fb.com/jbcnewwavepool

The air base’s pool is open Memorial Day weekend through mid-August for swim lessons, lap swim and community use. Visit the pool’s webpage for information about hours, passes and more.

The weapons station’s New Wave Pool is open Memorial Day through mid-August as well. The pool’s programs include youth and adult swim lessons, lap swimming, special parties and more. Amenities include two diving boards, a 35-foot slide, a climbing wall and hot showers. Families will also enjoy the baby pool and shaded break area with tables. For more information about passes and hours, visit the website.

Auto Skills Center

Weapons Station

776 Fletcher St. 843-794-7752
www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/auto-skills-center

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or depend on the help of a skilled automotive professional for vehicle maintenance and repair, the Auto Skills Center has everything you need to make car problems things of the past. The center offers full computer diagnostic services, full automotive air conditioning services, wheel balancing, oil and filter changes, brake services, fuel systems cleaning, batteries and electrical systems checks, and more. Need a part that’s not in stock? The center will order it and have it delivered.

Bowling Centers

Air Base

Building 214,
106 W. McCaw St. 843-963-3315

www.jbcharleston.com/dining-facilities/starlifter-lanes-bowling-center

Weapons Station

784 Fletcher St. 843-794-7235

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/marrington-bowling-center

Strike up some family-friendly fun at the air base’s Starlifter Lanes or the weapons station’s Marrington Bowling Center. The centers offer state-of-the-art lanes and scoring equipment, full-service pro shops, snack bars and bingo programs.

Fitness Centers

Air Base

Building 225,
205 W. Hill Blvd. 843-963-3347

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/fitness-sports-center

Weapons Station

Building 708,
244 Jefferson Ave. 843-794-4173

Red Bank Road,
next to officer housing 843-794-7102

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/ws-fitness-sports

The air base’s Charleston Fitness and Sports Center offers the latest in exercise equipment and programs. The center has more than 100 pieces of cardiovascular exercise equipment, free weights, functional strength training areas, and outdoor softball, football, basketball and tennis facilities. Fitness classes are also available. The center has information about the intramural sports program and maps of base exercise trails as well.

Sam’s Fitness Center at the weapons station features cardio equipment, selectorized weight machines, functional fitness equipment and free weights. The center has racquetball, wallyball, basketball and volleyball courts. Fitness classes and intramural sports programs are available.

The weapons station also has a fully equipped satellite facility, the Eastside Wellness Center, on Red Bank Road. This facility includes free weight, selectorized and cardio equipment. The center offers 24-hour access after authorized enrollment.

Framing, Engraving and Gifts

Air Base

Building 647,
101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1936

www.jbcframeandengrave.com

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.

Golf Courses

Air Base

100 Kiawah Loop 843-963-1833

Weapons Station

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

www.jbcharlestongolf.com

Wrenwoods Golf Course is a world-class course sculpted from 200 acres within the gates of the 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 course was designed by George Cobb in 1966, and remains true to his philosophy of “providing a good-time
atmosphere.”

At the weapons station, Redbank Plantation Golf Course is set 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.

Both courses offer clubhouses, grills, pro shops, PGA instruction, practice greens and leagues. Visit the website for information on fees, events and more.

Movie Theater

Weapons Station

Building 71,
Red Bank Road 843-794-2120

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/movie-theaters

The weapons station’s Cinema One theater often features free movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. The theater opens a half-hour before showtime and offers concessions. Check the website for current movie listings.

Outdoor Recreation

Air Base

Building 647,
101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1672

www.jbcharlestonorc.com

Weapons Station

Building 1700,
1956 Fletcher St. 843-794-2120

www.jbcharleston.com/outdoor-adventure-center

The air base’s Outdoor Recreation Center and the weapons station’s Outdoor Adventure Center offer outdoor recreation programs, family camping and recreational lodging facilities, discount ticket services, equipment rentals and more. Equipment rentals at each center include camping gear, boating gear and other recreation items.

At the air base’s center, get information about the base’s skeet and trap range, paintball field, swimming pool and family camping. At the weapons station’s center, hunting and fishing licenses and the required station permits are available for purchase. The center also has information on the station’s Foster Creek Recreational Lodging as well as the Marrington Plantation and its stables, picnic pavilions and multiuse trail system.

For more information on the centers and their programs, visit the websites.

Single Service Member Programs

Air Base

Building 647,
101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1672

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/single-airman-initiative-sai

Weapons Station

Building 2401 843-296-3942

www.jbcharleston.com/recreation/liberty-program

The Single Airman Initiative at the air base and the Liberty Program at the weapons station provides single and unaccompanied airmen and sailors ages 18 to 25 off-duty programming and social activities. Free or reduced-priced programming offers high-adventure activities, like skydiving, zip lining, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and jet skiing.

The weapons station also features the Liberty Lounge, a free recreational facility in the Bowman Center at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. The lounge features video games, pool and pingpong tables, computers with free internet access, a soundproof recording studio and more.

Tickets and Travel Services

Air Base

Building 647,
101 Scarton Lane 843-963-1672

www.jbcharlestonorc.com/tickets

Weapons Station

Building 1700,
1956 Fletcher St. 843-794-2122

www.jbcharleston.com/outdoor-adventure-center

Travel services are available in the air base’s Outdoor Recreation Center and the weapons station’s Outdoor Adventure Center. Get discount tickets to area attractions, as well as many attractions throughout the southeast, including Disney World and Universal Studios. Whatever travel destinations you seek, the travel staff can help you plan your trips with assistance with airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even cruises.

SHOPPING

COMMISSARIES

Air Base

Building 1991,
103 Lawson Drive 843-963-7469

Weapons Station

Building 764,
1797 Red Bank Road 843-794-2020

www.commissaries.com

Save your hard-earned dollars when shopping for groceries at the commissaries.

EXCHANGES

The exchanges want to be your first choice for shopping. They offer a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Hours for services outside the main exchanges vary, so call or visit the website for detailed information.

Air Base

Building 1990,
101 Lawson Drive 843-552-5000

www.shopmyexchange.com

Food Court

Burger King 843-552-9415
Charleys Philly Steaks 843-552-9415
Subway 843-552-9415

Services

Alterations 843-760-6635
Barbershop 843-552-4880
Beauty Salon 843-552-0812
GNC 843-552-0893
Laundry and Dry Cleaners 843-408-0441
Military Clothing Store 843-552-8606
Mobile Center 843-297-8253
Optical Shop 843-552-1139
UPS Store 843-641-7002/7003

Other Air Base Facilities

Express, Building 1951 843-760-1557

Weapons Station

Building 706,
1765 Red Bank Road 843-794-7042

www.mynavyexchange.com

Services

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

Other Weapons Station Facilities


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

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