PCS Orders to Charleston, SC: To Do Checklist

PCS Orders to Naval Weapons Station Charleston: To Do Checklist

  1.  Join the NWS Charleston Facebook pages– This one is the go-to page for all things buying/selling. This page is a place for questions, advice, and making friends. I love this Facebook page because here I could ask questions about the base and local places.
  2. Living on Base? Contact Balfour Beatty and let them know you’re coming. Here’s their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSCharlestonHomes/. These guys tend to have a bad reputation because of the “old” side of housing and wives just like to make a big deal out of things. This military housing community honestly is the best community we’ve lived in out of the 3 duty stations that we’ve lived at. The old housing is super nice compared to most normal housing on other bases so don’t be hating on it! Some of the housing is old and maintenance may sometimes be slow, but these guys were AMAZING compared to other bases where we didn’t have heat in 30-degree weather and maintenance didn’t care. So, take Balfour Beatty for what it’s worth: enjoy the location, having your own mailbox and driveway, and letting the water run all you want without having to foot the bill (although not entirely eco-friendly). Keep in mind that the Naval Weapons Station is usually the first duty station for many, so if you want quality military advice then dig around and find a seasoned military spouse for advice.
  3.  Revamp Your Wardrobe– South Carolina is a very hot and humid place year-round. If you are coming from further north be sure to stash away your coats and invest in flip flops and shorts.
  4. Check out the base website for classes offered and a directory.
  5. Once You’re all settled in read this post on all of the fun things to do in the area. Charleston, South Carolina is an amazing place full of history and tons of things to do. If this is your first stop in the Navy then welcome! Nuke school is very challenging, but so very rewarding, so be proud of your Sailor (or yourself if you’re the active-duty member) and enjoy your time in Charleston!

One thought on “PCS Orders to Charleston, SC: To Do Checklist

  1. Ana

    June 21, 2017 at 5:37pm

    I have never been to Charleston before but what a great list of things to join or do if you move there. The Facebook group is a great idea x

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  2. Anosa

    June 20, 2017 at 3:59pm

    A helpful post for anyone moving to that area. Moving can be so stressfu land there are many things you have to think about which as a first time mover you may not even consider them so this is helpful for them.

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  3. Ravi

    June 20, 2017 at 2:51pm

    Have never been to Charleston during my Business Visits to US. Let’s see, if i can plan anytime as a tourist 🙂

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  4. liz

    June 20, 2017 at 1:53pm

    I have never been to Charleston but it is our list. So many people compare it to St. Augustine… I love old cities!

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  5. Megan

    June 20, 2017 at 3:24am

    I have not visited Charleston in so long, but I do love the area. This is a great list for those in the service!

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  6. Andrea

    June 19, 2017 at 11:13pm

    I have wanted to visit SC for such a long time, I think the old souther charm really interest me. I have heard such wonderful things from different friends.

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  7. Tori

    June 19, 2017 at 9:55pm

    I’d like to say kudos to you! With the article you are help making a transitional period in a families life easier by providing personalized valuable information. Love the the advice about the change in temperature and clothing. It will definitely help mom’s be more prepared for their arrival.

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  8. fashionmommy

    June 19, 2017 at 9:51pm

    Funnily enough the UK is so hot at the moment that we are having to revamp wardrobes too, so not to disimilar to Charleston.

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  9. Claudya

    June 19, 2017 at 7:16pm

    I love that you are providing this information for military families that may not be familiar with the community. Having access to this information has got to be a big help. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for military families before the internet made it easier to do research.

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  10. The Brainy Mama

    June 19, 2017 at 6:02pm

    Charleston sounds like a really interesting place to live in. those moving in to SC should definitely read this.

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  11. Heather Johnson

    June 19, 2017 at 3:08pm

    I have not visited South Carolina for a long time! I would love to get down south with my kiddos (but in the winter because I do not do heat lol).

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  12. Blair villanueva

    June 19, 2017 at 2:32pm

    My cousing is visiting Charleston next week! I ‘ll pass your post to him 🙂 thank you Shannon!

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  13. Sarah Bailey

    June 19, 2017 at 1:47pm

    This sounds like a great list for people who are being moved to Charlestown, it is great to know in advance what type of weather to expect as well.

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  14. Milton Goh

    June 19, 2017 at 11:52am

    Charleston sounds like an interesting place to visit! Thanks for sharing all this info!

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  15. Amber

    June 19, 2017 at 3:07am

    This is a great checklist. I’ve always wanted to go to Charleston–it’s such a gorgeous area. I always check out Facebook pages of the base we’re moving to for info.

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  16. Sylvie Hanes

    June 19, 2017 at 2:27am

    This is a city on my list for sure. I’ve not had the chance to visit your state yet, but once I get my travel agenda aimed at the USA, I will include this city for sure. Thanks for the info!

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  17. Jen Groom

    June 19, 2017 at 1:50am

    I am visiting Charleston later this year to witness the solar eclipse in August! i am so excited. We already have our room booked and everything!

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  18. Michele Pappagallo

    June 19, 2017 at 1:35am

    I live in Myrtle Beach, and I can vouch for the fact that this area is mighty hot year round! Your article makes great points about the area, and about what to expect. Hopefully, everyone reading your article will get to experience the wonderful charm of South Carolina!

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  19. Robin Rue

    June 18, 2017 at 11:49pm

    We spent a day in Charleston a few summers ago and LOVED it. It was so full of charm and we are dying to go back sometime.

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