Checking In

MLE Academy Students

All students traveling to the Center, including those driving, must email the Transportation Office at CharlestonTransport@fletc.dhs.gov as soon as transportation plans are firm and NO LATER THAN FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS PRIOR to class commencement to advise time and place of arrival. This information will confirm the program dates, and will schedule, if needed, appropriate ground transportation between the Charleston International Airport (CHS) and the Center. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT RESERVE SHUTTLE SPACE THROUGH THIS PROCEDURE WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED TRANSPORTATION.

Students will arrive at the Center NO EARLIER THAN 7:00 a.m. THE DAY PRIOR to commencement of training. Assigned housing will not be available until 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, however, for Saturday and Sunday arriving students, housing will be available upon arrival. Facilities and housing will not be available for early arrivals Monday– Friday WITHOUT THE EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION OF YOUR EMPLOYING ORGANIZATION indicating the nature of the official business requiring early arrival. Students traveling by privately owned vehicle (POV) should arrive before 10:00 p.m. Students who plan to arrive at the Center after 7 p.m. should make arrangements for their evening meal as the cafeteria will be closed.

Students shall report directly to the FLETC Visitors Center building at the main entrance to register, receive your welcome aboard packet, and berthing accommodations. Please have your orders in hand. The Visitor Center is located on Bainbridge Avenue just prior to the security check point. Stay in the right lane and look for the signs.

https://www.fletc.gov/charleston-student-info 

MLE Academy Staff Visitors

During normal working hours all new staff and visitors shall go to the FLETC Visitors Center located on the right side of Bainbridge Avenue just before the main security check point. There you will receive a visitors badge and parking pass for you vehicle.

New staff shall report to the Servicing Personnel Office located in Building 654 during normal working hours or check in with the MLEA's OOD during non-working hours. While at the Visitors Center, ask security for directions to the MLE Academy offices located within Building 654 . Building 654 is the two story building located directly across the parking lot from the unit's mock boarding platforms. Please check in with the MLEA receptionist in Building 654 upon arrival.

Ensure you are in contact with your sponsor during your transfer period to enable a smooth and seamless transition to your new duty station.

New Staff Information

Air Transportation

Charleston International Airport is about eight miles from the training center. FLETC provides shuttle service to and from the airport for students only one day prior to the class convening date. During rush hour traffic it could take as long as one hour to get to the airport from FLETC. Graduating students will not be released early to meet flights. Plan accordingly.

Airport pick up service begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 12:00 am. If students arrive in excess of one day prior to the class convening date or prior to 1:00 pm or after 12:00 am, they will need to take a taxi to the FLETC.

If your luggage is lost while traveling to FLETC, you should provide the air carrier with the following address so that they may deliver it to you when it is found:

FLETC Visitor Registration
2000 Bainbridge Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

Ground Transportation

FLETC provides shuttle service to and from the Charleston International Airport to the FLETC campus for students attending the MLE Academy. More information about the Airport Shuttle can be found on the MLE Academy PORTAL Site. You must be logged into the the USCG network to access this information. If you are unable to access CG PORTAL please contact the MLE Academy Yeoman.

Driving Directions

Note: No one is allowed on the FLETC complex without a FLETC issued visitors badge and parking pass for their vehicle.

 

Approaching from the east on I-26 westbound.

  • Take exit 218, turning left onto Spruill Ave.
  • Turn right at first traffic light onto Viaduct Road (Maps may show as Naval Base Road)
  • After going over the overpass, take your immediate right (off ramp)
  • Turn left onto Bainbridge Drive and continue until you reach the security check point.

Approaching from the west on I-26 eastbound.

  • Take exit 216-B onto Cosgrove Ave.
  • At the third traffic light, turn right onto Spruill Ave.
  • At the third traffic light, turn left onto Viaduct Road (Maps may show as Naval Base Road)
  • After going over the overpass, take your immediate right (off ramp)
  • Turn left onto Bainbridge Drive and continue until you reach the security check point.
The following links are provided as a reference only.
CAUTION: The route provided above provides the correct names of the roads. The maps generated by the links below incorrectly label Viaduct Road as Naval Base Road. Also, the driving directions provided by the links below will be incorrect once you enter the Old Navy Base (past Viaduct Road) due to road closures. USE THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE after you exit I-26.

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Personal Vehicles

If you are driving a personal vehicle, ensure you bring a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to register your vehicle with FLETC.