Joint Base Charleston is a joint base which combined the United States Air Force Charleston Air Force Base and the United States Navy Naval Support Activity Charleston which merged on October 1st, 2010. The joint base was formed as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiative of 2005. Joint Base Charleston shares runways with the Charleston International Airport which handles regular commercial airline aircraft operations. Joint Base Charleston is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 628th Air Base Wing, Air Mobility Command. Joint Base Charleston is currently home to more than 20,000 active-duty military and civilian personnel which occupies its Air Base and Weapons Station. Other major units stationed at Joint Base Charleston include the 437th Airlift Wing which operates the C-17 Globemaster III and provides airlift of troops and passengers as well as military equipment and cargo.
Joint Base Charleston is located near Charleston, South Carolina. Weather in the area can be in the high teens in January and February and as hot and humid in the high 90's in July, August and September. Rainfall is minimal with record rainfalls occurring at 10 inches in late October. Major cities near Charleston, South Carolina include Mount Pleasant, Beaufort and Sumter, South Carolina. Joint Base Charleston has a history dating back to 1919 when the base was designated as a landing field for aeroplanes. Joint Base Charleston currently operates the C-17 Globemaster III under the direction of the 437th Air Wing and the 315th Air Wing.