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Joint Base Charleston

Joint Base Charleston Air Force North in Charleston, SC South Carolina Military Bases

 

Joint Base Charleston South Carolina is one of the 12 new bases on the US territory, which showed up after the 2005 congressional legislation implying the base consolidation by merging multiple bases. 24 small bases had to merge one with another, resulting in 12 new and powerful bases. This one is the result of the October, 2010 merge between the Charleston Air Force Base and the Naval Support Activity Charleston. The place is now operated by the US Air Force. It is located in North Charleston, in the eastern side of the state. The airport at the base is also used for civilian flights and even international flights. At the same time, the commercial airlines benefit from it too. The place currently hosts over 20000 individuals, counting active troops, reserve soldiers and civilians.

History

 

The history of this base dates back to 1919. One of the Air Force leaders started looking for a good spot in the area for a new airfield. Nothing could be found until 1927, when a different superior found this place excellent. The actual construction began in 1928. Foreseeing the potentially commercial purpose in this area, the authorities decided to purchase almost 500 more acres for a new airport in 1931. The ’30s came with some basic improvements for the airport. Some of them can be seen today too. During the Great Depression times, the city run out of funds for it. With the help of a work administration, the airfield “lived” to see two paved runways. One of them was 1.1 km long, while the other was shorter – less than 1 km. A small part of the money was used to improve and update the lighting system to the latest technologies. More acres were purchased in 1937 to expand the airport due to the high popularity it was gaining.

 

Joint Base Charleston South Carolina saw a new round of improvements right before the USA had to join World War II. The civilian flights were still allowed, even after the Pearl Harbor attacks. Soon after the attacks, the local airport was pumped with troops, squadrons and units. At the same time, its purpose for the war was to play the final training role in turning professional pilots into experts.

 

Aside from the Cold War, the base didn’t play any major roles in the upcoming wars led by Americans.

Units

 

Joint Base Charleston South Carolina is now the home of the 628-th Air Base Wing, which consists of 3 groups – the medical, mission support and staff directorate – and multiple subgroups. Other than that, the place also hosts multiple tenant units, such as the 437-th Airlift Wing or the 315-th Airlift Wing. Most of the tenant units are deployed here for short periods of time.

Housing

 

The housing at Joint Base Charleston South Carolina mostly depends on your preferences. Finding an on site place is not that hard. Get in touch with the local service and request more information. The off site system is more expensive, but it usually comes with more facilities.

Joint Base Charleston

 

Location

Joint Base Charleston is located in North Charleston, South Carolina

History

The history of Charleston Air Force Base began in 1919 when U.S. Army Col Herbert A. Dargue, then Chief of the Air Service visited the area looking for a suitable landing field for “aeroplanes.” But it was Charles Linberge’s nonstop solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 that heightened city officials’ interest to establish air operations in Charleston.

 

1928, the city of Charleston rented land and began operating a simple airfield about ten miles north of city limits. Foreseeing a commercial future in air travel, the city formed the Charleston Aircraft Corporation to acquire the land for a municipal airport. In May 1931, the corporation purchased 432 acres (175 ha) for $25,000 from the South Carolina Mining and Manufacturing Company. Later in the year, the city acquired the airport facility for $60,000 and immediately began improvements.

 

Mission

The goal of creating JB Charleston is to combine support functions of the Air Force and the Navy to eliminate redundancy in positions, in order to save funds and create a higher level of efficiency.

 

Population Served

The Joint Base Charleston community encompasses more than 20,000 active-duty, Reserve and civilian personnel, spanning across its Air Base and Weapons Station.

Critical Installation Information

 

Transportation

Charleston International Airport services the tri-county area and is in close proximity to Joint Base Charleston. In fact, the base and airport share runways.

• There are no military shuttles or mass transit that runs from the airport to the base.

• Rental cars are available on-site.

• Commercial transportation is available from the airport to the base via taxi.

• Yellow Cab is the only taxi service authorized to pick people up from off base and drop them off on base. Call Yellow Cab at (843) 577-6565.

 

 Critical Installation Information

All vehicles entering or leaving JB Charles-ton (AB) are subject to search. A 100 percent ID check currently in effect.

 

Airman and Family Readiness Center

104 E. Simpson St., Building 500

Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404-4913

Phone (843) 963-4406

DSN (312) 673-4406

Fax (843) 963-5781

Fax DSN (312) 673-5781

Commissary

Joint Base Charleston – Air Base

103 Lawson Drive

Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

(843) 963-7469

DSN 673-7469

Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, closed; Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to general grocery items, the commissary features a bakery, deli, fresh sandwiches to go, plants, rotisserie chicken, sushi and a specialty butcher shop.

Joint Base Charleston –Weapons Station

1797 Redbank Road, Building 764

Goose Creek, SC 29445

(843) 764-2020

DSN 794-2020

 

Hours: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, closed; Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The commissary prides itself on providing customers with the best selections in fresh fruits and vegetables, USDA-choice meats, dairy products, can goods, health and beauty care, beverages, cleaning supplies and varieties of special category line items such as Mexican, German, Asian and gourmet foods. It also offers a deli, bakery, Grab and Go and sushi bar.

 

Base/Navy Exchange

Joint Base Charleston – Air Base

Building 1990

Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404

(843) 552-5000

DSN 673-5679

 

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed holidays. Located on the corner of O’Neal and Lawson Drive, the Base Exchange features 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 complete with snacks, soft drinks and other convenience needs, as well as gasoline, video rentals and alcoholic beverages. The Military Clothing Store, in the shopping center complex, is headquarters for all uniform needs. Movies are shown on Friday and Saturday evenings at the base theater in Building 219.

 

Services provided in the BX and adjacent complex include:

Alterations (843) 760-6635

Barber Shop (843) 552-4880

Beauty Shop (843) 552-0812

CHA Trophy & Plaque (843) 552-8880

Express/Gas/Class Six Building 1951 (843) 207-0615

DSN 673-3979

GNC (843) 552-0893

Hertz Car Rental (843) 760-6312

Laundry/Dry Clean (843) 408-0441

Military Clothing Store, Building 411 (843) 552-8606

DSN 673-4259

Pack & Mail (843) 552-5477

Theater (843) 963-3333

 

Joint Base Charleston – Weapons Station

Navy Exchange

Building 706 (843) 764-7042

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Navy Exchange offers everything from clothing to jewelry to computers and TVs to school supplies and everything in between. Professional services provided in the NEX and nearby retail/services areas include beauty and barber shops, the package store, the flower shop, uniform center, tailor shop, and dry cleaning and laundry.

 

Beauty Shop

(843) 764-7755

Barber Shop

Main NEX

(843) 764-7755

NNPTC (Building 206, Monday through

Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

(843) 764-7116

Package Store

(843) 764-7042 ext. 30

Flower Shop

(843) 764-7042 ext. 36