The Charleston region is home to Joint Base Charleston and more than 40 separate military commands representing all branches of the United States Armed Forces.  There are 22,000 military personnel (active-duty, reserve, civilians).  In total the military payroll has an annual economic impact of more than $6.7 billion and a total military-related community of approximately 80,000 when family members, retirees and dependents are including.

Strengthening the relationship between the community and military, working to support the military and their families and retaining and expanding the military and federal footprint in the region are a top priority of the Chamber.

Military Relations Committee

The Military Relations Committee is focused on enhancing relationships between the business community and the military.  In addition to quarterly meetings held at various military commands, the Committee works on a number of activities and events to support the Armed Forces.

The Military Relations Committee holds quarterly membership meetings at area facilities to educate its members about the variety of missions at Joint Base Charleston and other federal and military facilities in the region. The typical program includes a briefing from command leadership and tour the facilities.  Attendance is a mix of business and military leaders.

In addition to the quarterly meetings, the Military Relations Committee has a number of opportunities for members to get involved in events and activities that help to show support for the men and women in the Armed Forces and their families.  Past activities include supporting Joint Base Charleston’s Air Expo, collecting cookies for the Holiday Cookie Drop and welcoming troops home.

Military Policy Council

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Military Policy Council was formed in 2001, in preparation for BRAC 2005.  The Council has continued to operate since that time, focusing on retention and expansion efforts.

The Purpose of the Military Policy Council is to develop and implement an overall strategy to expand military and federal facilities and operations in the Charleston region.


  • Develop and implement an overall strategy for base/unit retention.
  • Identify opportunities for expansion of existing facilities and identify possible new missions that could be realigned to Charleston.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy for communicating key messages about Charleston area installations to federal, state and local officials.
  • Serve as the central point of contact in the region for military retention and expansion activities.
  • Maintain strong relationships with area commanders and personnel at existing military facilities.
  • Raise public awareness of military impact on economy
  • Work through the S.C. Congressional Delegation, South Carolina Military Base Task Force and state and local officials to ensure retention and expansion of area military facilities.

Major Military Commands / Tenant Commands at Joint Base Charleston

628th Air Base Wing (United States Air Force)

  • The host unit at Joint Base Charleston one of only 12 across the country
  • Direct report to U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
  • Serves as the installation management component
  • Maintains $2.0B of physical infrastructure across 23K non-contiguous acres

437th Airlift Wing (United States Air Force)

  • The active duty warfighter at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base
  • Direct report to Air Mobility Command overseeing an annual budget of $32 MM
  • 1,800 military and civilian personnel
  • Largest single fleet of C-17A airfcraft in the world with 53 planes

315th Airlift Wing (United States Air Force Reserve)

  • The associate reserve wing at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base

841st Transportation Battalion (United States Army)

  • The busiest military transportation terminal in the U.S. Army specializing in handling Large Medium Speed RO/RO Vessels
  • Direct report to U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
  • Primary cargo distribution provider for XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Div, 3rd ID, II MEF, 10th Mountain Div

Army Strategic Logistics Activity Command (United States Army)

  • Direct maintainer site of pre-positioned stock for APS-3 (Afloat) fleet
  • Direct report to U.S. Army Sustainment Command
  • Government-owned, contractor-operated/ strategically co-located to work closely with 841st Transportation Battalion

Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston (United States Navy)

  • Military penitentiary for military prisoner inmates from all services
  • Direct report to U.S. Navy Personnel Command
  • Ranked as #1 Most Effective Prison in North America – public or private institutions
  • 400 cells with housing capacity of 288 inmates

Naval Health Clinic Charleston (United States Navy)

  • Provides quality health services for approximately 12,000 joint service enrollees
  • Direct report to U.S. Navy Health Command
  • Moved all operations to CAPT John G. Feder Joint Ambulatory Care Clinic in 2010
  • Joint service operations with U.S. Veterans Administration

Navy Munitions Command (United States Navy)

  • Assembles, provides and maintains ordnance, explosives and mines for Department of Defense operations as required
  • Direct report to U.S. Fleet Forces Command
  • Host unit for Mine Assembly Team Eleven for training, assembly and final preparation of mines for global mine deployment

Naval Nuclear Power Training Command (United States Navy)

  • Only site in the U.S. Navy that educates all US Navy personnel that will be operators of nuclear propulsion powerplants on board U.S. Navy vessels
  • Direct report to Director, U.S. Naval Reactors
  • Combined site of Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Field “A” School on state-of-the-art secure campus at JBC-Weapons Station
  • College campus atmosphere with 3,500 officer and enlisted students and 500 staff

Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit (United States Navy)

  • One of two sites in the U.S. Navy that provides follow-up instruction and training for Nuclear Power School graduates at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command
  • Intensive hands-on training on moored training ships with live nuclear powerplants on board
  • Proto-type site with 1,500 officers and enlisted trainees cycled in 24 week rotations

Space and Naval Warfare Center Systems Center Atlantic (United States Navy)

  • Atlantic headquarters site for the rapid delivery support solutions that enable information dominance for naval, joint, national and coalition warfighters
  • Direct report to U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Command
  • Enables C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), Business IT and Cyberspace operations to provide information dominance to the warfighter
  • Staff of 127 military, 3,600 federal civilian contractors.  Supports 80+ local defense contractors with an additional workforce of 8,000.

The region is also home to the United States Coast Guard, Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, US Army Corps of Engineers as well as National Guard and Reserve facilities.


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