When choosing orders for your next duty station, Joint Base Charleston is a prime choice for military members and families. With plenty of attractions and activities on and off base, access to medical care, and choice of living accommodations, personnel can enjoy a fulfilling life in and outside of military life.
The mission of Joint Base Charleston has several initiatives: logistical support, communications, civil engineering, supply, transportation, security, law enforcement, and family support. Joint Base Charleston is home to the 628th Air Base Wing, which has 2 operational groups, and 13 squadrons. The 628th Air Base Wing provides support to approximately 80,000 personnel, which includes active duty, civilians, reservists, and family members.
There are a wide selection of activities right on base. The Aero Club in Building 2035 offers accredited flight lessons. There is an arts and crafts complex, hobby center, fitness center, bowling alley, golfing, movies, and a youth center. There are also many outdoor recreation activities and equipment rentals available at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Building 647. A swimming pool is available at this location as well. Those wishing to venture off base will find plenty to do.
Charleston is a historic city, founded in 1607, and offers something for everyone. Visitors will want to check out the following museums: Aiken Rhett House Museum, The Charleston Museum, and the South Carolina Aquarium. In the Charleston City Market, there is access to local dining, fine as well as informal. There are also fun annual celebrations such as the Parade of Boats (December) and the Charleston Wine and Food Festival held in the springtime.
Children and teens who are stationed with their family at Joint Base Charleston attend schools in North Charleston, Berkeley County, or Dorchester County. If living on base or in temporary lodging, students will attend in a zone assigned to that particular area. If you will be purchasing or renting a home off base, students can attend in that residential zone. Joint Base Charleston has college level options at the Base Education Center and Navy College, which offer several programs and services.
Healthcare is provided by the Naval Health Clinic Charleston, and is located at 110 NNPTC Circle. There is also a pharmacy at this location, with drive thru service available. There are several major hospitals in the surrounding area: Trident Medical Center, Health South Rehab Hospital, as well as the St. Francis Hospital.
For housing needs, the Air Base provides access to 345 housing units. There are 2 sections of housing on and off base. There is a waiting list, and are application based. Dormitories are available for junior enlisted military personnel.
On the Weapons Station side, there are over 1,000 privatized homes available. There is also a wait list and an application process. Visit the Housing Welcome Center for more information. Temporary lodging is accessible at the Inns of Charleston. Renting and buying is also permissible off base, and using the housing allowance makes this an affordable alternative.
For shopping and other needs, there is a Navy Exchange located at Building 1990 on the Air Base side, and in Building 706 on the Weapons Station side. Other services offered here are: Military Clothing Store for uniform needs, barber shop, beauty shop, gas, car rental services, dry cleaning, and various restaurants. There is also a commissary for grocery shopping.