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INPROCESSING AT JOINT BASE CHARLESTON|
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Directions to Joint Base Charleston
Charleston International Airport services the tri-county area and is in close proximity. 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.
The number for Yellow Cab is 843-577-6565.
The number to Charleston Limos & Taxi is 843-830-7673.
From Charleston International Airport, take the access road to Michaux Parkway and turn right. Proceed to Dorchester Road at intersection (light) turn right onto Dorchester Road. The Main Gate is approximately 1.5 miles on the right on Dorchester Road.
From I-95 take, I-26 East to Aviation Avenue, exit 211 (East Aviation). Proceed a short distance on E. Aviation to Perimeter Road and turn Right. Follow Perimeter Road to the "Rivers" Gate.
Documents to Hand Carry
Important papers should not be packed with your household goods or hold baggage. Plan to take the following items with you: ID cards, PCS orders, passports, leave authorizations, shot records for you and your family, medical records, all documents pertaining to the shipment of household goods including your personal inventory and/or pictures of your possessions, appraisals for valuable items, last leave and earnings statement, Power of Attorney (check expiration date), wills, bank books, state and federal tax records, deeds and mortgages, professional licenses, car registration, spouse resume and last pay statement, list of stocks and bonds, social security cards, school records for children, letters of credit for utility waivers, original birth and adoption records, and naturalization records.
Be sure to make temporary lodging reservations well in advance, especially if you need pet-friendly TLF's or motels that accept pets.
Upon arriving at Joint Base Charleston base introduction information can be provided at either base gate or at the base lodging office. This information covers key facilities and phone numbers a newcomer should find helpful. The Inns of Charleston (lodging) on Hill Boulevard is the 24-hour arrival point. Those arriving after normal duty hours, on a holiday, or weekend should report there to sign in.
Newcomers arriving on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. must turn in their inprocessing package (a large sealed envelope) and a copy of your orders at the Military Personnel Section (MPS) Customer Support Element (Building 503, Room 112) on the day of arrival.
The Force Support Section will schedule newcomers for the mandatory Quick Start briefing. Newcomers arriving after normal duty hours, on a holiday, or weekend or after noon each business day must turn in their inprocessing package at the MPS Customer Support Element on the next duty station following arrival. Your sponsor or unit INTRO monitor for will assist you with completing required paperwork relating to inprocessing.
QuickStart Briefings are held every Thursday. The MPS will schedule your attendance. The briefings start at 7:45 am at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 500. QuickStart is a process that condenses all of your mandatory briefings into one day with follow-on medical appointments as necessary. Your sponsor will be a big help in pointing you in the right direction or taking you to key locations until you are settled into your new community.
If authorized, request approval for permissive leave for house hunting while inprocessing with the Force Support Section. Your AF Form 988 will be filled out at this time; however it must be approved by your gaining unit commander prior to beginning leave. Your gaining unit can grant up to 8 days.
What to do if you get Married enroute?
If you get married before you PCS, you must inform your commander and follow the procedures exactly as you are given them. The military will not pay for travel and housing of your spouse if you do not follow proper procedures.
Military ID/CAC Card -- Locator
104 E. Simpson Street
Charleston AFB, SC 29404-4913
Phone (DSN) 312-673-4406
Fax (DSN) 312-673-5781