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NEWS | July 12, 2017

Commander's call questions and answers

628th Air Base Wing

The following are the questions raised during the 628th Air Base Wing Commander’s Call June, 2017 here with the subsequent answers provided:

Q: Will there be more RV/Storage spaces added? Also, why do personnel that live on base do not have priority to store their RV/boats. Why not treated like Space A?

A:  A FY18 project for adding an additional 100 Recreation Vehicle Storage spaces is currently being formulated for higher headquarters approval and funding. For clarification, active duty military occupying government quarters (to include installation housing) have priority. For more details please contact the Outdoor Recreation Center at (843) 963-1672.

Q: In addition to food transformation what other food facilities are being considered?

A: We are excited to bring Food 2.0 as the new Air Force dining standard to the Air Base sometime around January 2018. In the spirit of constantly trying to provide better service, the Weapons Station hosts three daily rotating food trucks. For more details please contact the Navy Exchange at (843) 794-7042 Ext. 10. AAFES and NEX are also exploring options for upgrades to on-base dining options on the Weapon Station.


Q: Where can I buy MREs for my hurricane kit?

A: We have confirmed that Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and other like items can be purchased online or in-store at the AB Base Exchange, the Navy Exchange and each installation’s Commissary. Additionally, a cursory search finds a wide variety of emergency food supplies available on resale websites.


Q: Will the club continue to have the themed lunches once the DFAC reopens?

A:  As the JB Charleston Club continues to transfer the old (Chase Credit Card) Club Membership program to the new Club Member Portal Program, we will continue to offer new events and meal specials as part of the benefit of club membership. For more information please stop by or call the Charleston Club at (843) 963-3839.


Q: Can anyone do the Alpha Warrior challenge?

A: The upcoming Alpha Warrior challenge will be open to all DOD members and families with base access, aged 13 years or older. There will be three age categories for the competition; 13-17, 18-30 & 30 and over. We hope to see you there! For more information go to


 Q: What will the music festival have? Will it be family friendly?

A: In partnership with Air Force Entertainment, JB Charleston Force Support Squadron is excited to bring you national recording artists Thompson Square, Linkin Bridge and 3 Doors Down for a free concert at the Air Base picnic grounds July 29, 2017. Gates will open at 3 p.m., with the live music starting at 5 p.m.  There will be a Festival Village with local food trucks, booths, specialty items and family-friendly activities. Bring lawn chairs/blankets for “comfortable” lawn seating. No pets, canopies or outside alcohol permitted. Check in at or the Force Support Squadron Facebook page at “JBCharlestonFSS” for updates.  


Q:  Is there a way to cut or trim the trees on Scarton Lane? It makes the road very small and people's vehicles have been scratched by the trees.

A:  CES has added Scarton Lane (Road to Golf Course or Outdoor Rec) to scheduled trimming list. Trimming is expected to be complete by June 30, 2017.


Q: When will the base theater renovations be completed?

A:  Renovations are expected to be completed in mid-August 2017. The contractor has completed approximately 70% of the renovation, which is 7% ahead of schedule.


Q:  Are there any pest control measures in place at the Air Base gym?

A:  CES has opened up a work order to address insects within the Fitness Center. Treatment began the week of June 5, 2017.


Q: Can a splash park be built in base housing?

A: Force Support Squadron is actively working with Civil Engineering Squadron to identify a splash pad either collocated with the Air Base Pool or another location on the installation. The estimated cost of a project this large leads us to believe that, once approved, the project may take several years to get funded and built, but it is moving forward.


Q: Will the airmen in the dorms ever be compensated for the first 15 days of the dining facility being closed without BAS?

A: We have not had any cases reported to the finance office where a member has not received the first 15 days of BAS II. The payment for the first 15 days was the amount the Airmen received on March 15, 2017. If a member was not paid the first half of their March BAS II disbursement on March 15, 2017, they can report to the finance office for any necessary corrections. 

Q: Is there a location for all special duties available for specific AFSC?

AFSC special duties such as a Technical Training Instructor availability are found on the EQUAL Plus assignment system. Information about specific rank requirements, nomination eligibility criteria, process and other specifics can be found in the Developmental Special Duty Nomination and Selection Program PSD Guide located on myPers. Members can reference the Special Duty Catalog (SPECAT) for supplemental information pertaining to certain requirements as advertised on EQUAL-Plus. For additional information please contact the Career Assistance Advisor, Master Sgt. Terrell Tilley at (843) 963-2768.

Q: Can we have an Air Force and Navy challenge day (field day challenge)?

There is certainly an opportunity for military services to have some friendly competition here at Joint Base Charleston, possibly during the Alpha Warrior challenge.