USCG Sector Charleston

About our Sector

196 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-7600Regional Exam Center

Welcome to Coast Guard Sector Charleston. The Sector is located in the Southern most part of the city. Historic Charleston surrounds the waterfront area in which the Sector is situated. Charleston is a seagoing port with access to both the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. This leaves the Sector in an ideal position for many seagoing missions as well as a variety of shore based activities.

Arrival: Upon your arrival at the Sector you proceed to the engineering building, second deck located behind the buoy as you proceed through the main gate. Take the Stairs and follow the sign for the Admin Shop where you will be checked in by an administrative Yeoman. If you arrive after working hours, contact the Sector OOD at (843)514-4203 for your check-in.

Uniforms: Checking in during working hours (0730-1530 Monday through Friday) you must be in the appropriate uniform (either Service Dress Blue or Tropical Blue).

Transportation: If arriving by air at Charleston International Airport taxi service is available. This is reimbursable for those traveling under orders. There is no duty driver at the Sector.

Upon arrival, there are several things that you must do:

  • Obtain a check-in sheet from the Admin. Office.

  • Fill out a travel claim for your PCS orders (you can fill out a rough travel claim “as you go” to help you file one upon your arrival at Charleston). It is important to keep all receipts for individual expenses that exceed $75.00 

Barracks: Contact Base Charleston Housing Office at (843) 740-7070 for any barracks reservations. For personnel who are house hunting, temporary quarters may also be available at the Air Force Inns of Charleston. For reservations contact the front desk at (843) 963-8000 or via email at On base housing is not available for families or dependents. All single personnel E-3 and below are required to clear the barracks before receiving BAH.

Leased Housing: All members are required to contact Base Charleston Housing at (843) 740-7070  to obtain a released from Coast Guard housing. Joint Base Charleston has privatized housing  available to Coast Guard personnel at Naval Weapons Station and Air Force Base. Contact Joint Base Charleston Housing office at (843)963-3858 to get more information on how to apply for any of the 2 communities available.   

Galley: The Galley is located in the Barracks Building. There is no current waiting period for SEPRATS. Current meal prices are subject to change on a monthly basis.

Recreation: Located on Base is a basketball/tennis/volleyball court, fitness room, and picnic area. However since the Sector is not very big, most events are held off base.

The Charleston area offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Any and all water oriented hobbies and sports are offered to those interested in the surf and sand. Local health and fitness centers are scattered throughout the area. The Charleston Air Force Base also has a large recreation facility with indoor racquet ball, basketball, weight room, rowing & stair machine as well as step and aerobic classes. Most apartment complexes also offer a variety of activities for their residents ranging from nautilus machines to tennis. Sight seeing and tourism offer a great deal of fun in historic Charleston.

Sector Exchange: A medium sized exchange is located on the Base. It contains a wide variety of jewelry, electronic, miscellaneous gift items and necessities at very competitive prices. Anything not in stock can be special ordered for you, including major appliances. The is also a large exchange and commissary located at the Charleston Air Force Base which is 30 minutes from the Sector in North Charleston, and an Exchange and Commissary at the Naval Weapons Station.

Duty: No duty for Sector Members

Inspections: Sector Charleston material and personnel inspections are held on a quarterly basis.

Shopping: One of the things that sets Charleston apart from the rest of the East coast is its abundance of shopping malls, stores, car and bike dealers and sporting goods stores. If you need it, you can find it in the Charleston area. The list of things to do in the Charleston area could go on and on. Once you arrive here you will find that if you look you will discover new things to do daily. Concerts and Festivals are scheduled weekly. Summerville speedway is a great place to be during the NASCAR season.