JB Charleston SNAP SHOT

JB Charleston SNAP SHOT

Current as of March 2023

What We Believe …

  • 628th Air Base Wing Mission: Project American power abroad and deliver superior installation support at home.

  • 628th Air Base Wing Vision: Ready Warfighters, Charting Our Future…Together!

  • 628th Air Base Wing Priorities: Develop Leaders, Generate Combat Capability, Build and Maintain a Stable Platform


  • 437th Airlift Wing Mission: Safe, Precise, Reliable Airlift…Anytime, Anywhere

  • 437th Airlift Wing Vision: Do the Mission and Have Fun

  • 437th Airlift Wing Priorities: Build Readiness for the 2020s, Invest in People for the long term, Establish Opportunistic Partnerships, and Sustain Mission Excellence

JB CHS Basics – numbers are estimated

  • Established: Oct 1, 2010

  • Active Duty Strength: 11,500

  • Total Force Strength (AD, Guard, AFRC, Civilians): 14,000

  • Economic Impact (FY21): Appx. $305 Million

  • Aircraft in Inventory:  40 C-17 Globemaster III

  • Career Specialties:  50 officer, 88 enlisted

Key Personnel

628th Air Base Wing                                     

Commander: Col Michael Freeman

Dep Commander: CAPT Andrew Peterson

Command Chief: CMSgt Becky Bateman

Mission Support Group: Col Callistus Elbourne

Medical Group: Col Rebecca Elliott

437th Airlift Wing

Commander: Col Robert Lankford

Vice Commander: Col David Taylor

Command Chief: CMSgt Raun Howell

Operations Group: Col Carlos Berdecia

Maintenance Group: Col Grant Izzi


Total FY21:

  • Ops and Maintenance:  $20 million

  • Trans & Working Capital: $259 million

  • Military Personnel:  $222 million

  • Non-Appropriated Fund: $3.7 million

  • Mil Family Housing:  $2 million

  • Construction:  $21 million

JB CHS Information

  • 628 ABW provides installation support to more than 60 DoD and Federal Agencies

  • Adding all of the populations, to include dependents and retirees, JB CHS serves more than 90,000

  • $7.5 billion of physical infrastructure across 23,000 non-contiguous acres

  • Joint-use airfield sharing two intersecting runways with the Charleston International Airport

  • 628 ABW consists of the 628th Wing Staff Agencies, the 628th Mission Support Group and the 628th Medical Group

  • The 437th Airlift Wing commands the base’s premier active-duty flying wing

  • 437th AW consists of a wing staff, 437th Operations Group and the 437th Maintenance Group

Some Mission Partners

315th Airlift Wing

1st and 4th Combat Camera Squadron

373d Training Detachment 5

Naval Information Warfare Center- Atlantic

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

US Coast Guard

Civil Air Patrol

AFROTC – 2 Detachments

Army Transportation Detachment

Marine Corps Reserve Training Center

Military Sealift Command, Atlantic