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Oct. 11, 2012

Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs provides trusted counsel to our leaders; builds, maintains and strengthens airmen morale and readiness; enhances public trust and support and achieves global influence and deterrence.

We seek to inform decision makers and communicate the service's requirements, capabilities, actions and achievements to the world and keep the Charleston community fully informed with complete and accurate information. Our programs are designed to increase public understanding of the Joint Base Charleston mission.

The Public Affairs office has three major areas of responsibility: command information, media operations and community engagement.

Through these three areas, they ensure that both the Joint Base Charleston community and the general public are kept well informed, and that strong relations are maintained between Joint Base Charleston members and the local community.

From producing the base newspaper to maintaining the public web site, as well as providing information to local, national, and international media outlets, the public affairs staff reviews and approves information that can be released to openly and accurately communicate with the base's various publics.

Command information is responsible for passing news and general information to Charleston airmen, sailors, soldiers, marines, coastguardsmen, and their families through the base website, newspaper and social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The Command Information section supports the wing commander and base leadership by maintaining effective avenues of communication with the base community, consisting of active-duty and retired military members, their families, and government and contracted employees. Most notable among the command information items produced by Public Affairs is the bi-weekly base newspaper, the Patriot. Command information also maintains and regulates this website and affiliated YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Media operations is responsible for passing information to news media outlets, responding to media inquiries, coordinating interviews, and organizing media visits to Joint Base Charleston.

Community engagement is responsible for educating the public about Joint Base Charleston and building strong partnerships with local communities by coordinating requests for Department of Defense participation at public events, including the volunteers, speakers, honor guard, and flyovers; running the base tour program to include schools, colleges, reunion groups; and conducting tours and orientation flights for civic leaders from throughout the U.S.