NEWS | Nov. 24, 2015

JB Charleston spouses tour base

By Airman 1st Class Thomas T. Charlton 628th Air Base Wing/Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston has a lot to offer. Whether on the Air Base or the Naval Weapons Station the base has just about anything anyone could need.

JB Charleston senior leadership's spouses received a base tour of the AB on Nov. 19 and the NWS on Nov. 20. The tour was an educational experience for the spouses, as well as something very productive for the base itself. Nancy Lyman, Col. Robert Lyman's wife, explains in more detail.

"This was an opportunity for spouses to see what is going on at both bases to get a better understanding of the collaboration of all the branches and how they work together," Lyman said, "Spouses themselves are also given the chance to spend time and get to know other spouses and learn one another's experiences."

While on the AB, they experienced a static display of a C-17 Globemaster III, saw the Transportation Isolation System, the AB medical clinic, a visual of the personnel deployment function line and a demonstration of the Security Forces canine unit.

At the NWS, the spouses visited the Fleet and Family Support Center, the library, the child development center, the Naval Health Clinic, the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command, the Army 841st Transportation Battalion and the Naval consolidated Brig. Additionally, they received a tour of the NWS aboard the Security Forces patrol boats. Being able to learn about the operations on both sides of JB Charleston provided added perspective to the spouses.

Lyman said "If you can immerse the senior leadership spouses' in the base operations they can use that knowledge to take information back to their spouses, peers and other senior leadership to help improve Joint Base Charleston. Getting to share these different perspectives, experiences and opportunities that may be new for the spouses from all branches will help them understand all of the different missions Joint Base Charleston has."