TODAY | May 03, 2013
>> introduce us to the military here.
>> the big part of charleston is its ties to the military. i got a chance to see that up close and personal.
>> a city steeped in military history . from the beginning of the civil war at fort sumpter to the legacy of the medal of honor museum on the " uss yorktown " and the living tradition carries on with the help of joint base charleston , a joint air force and naval base employing over 25,000 service men, women and civilians.
>> it offer as lot to the economy. and the local area, it offers a lot to us. because it becomes our home. we raise our families here.
>> i had a chance to visit the base, check out one of the air force 's biggest planes, the c-17.
>> this is massive. you could go bowng in here. i started with the maintenance squadron, who taught me how to set the brakes. sorry, wrong button. hello! and check the hydraulic fluid. i felt confident we had our girl in good shape. this one's good. that's a good brake. i was pasd along to the pilot.
>> you know what all of this is?
>> we do.
>> if i asked you like what is -- that --
>> that's on board oxygen generating system.
>> what about that?
>> our automation.
>> we can't talk about that one.
>> really? it wasn't even red.
>> i tested out the on-board beds that pilots use for extra-long flights.
>> can we, can we talk about our feelings? i'm a little sad that you're not letting me fly the airplane. can we hold hands, leonard? next, i met with the load master who oversees the loading of cargo.
>> okay, pilot money, lenny! hello?
>> an took a turn being cargo, myself.
>> this is awesome.
>> then, it was time to pack up some goods for a flight with the aerial fourth squadron.
>> what are you doing? i'm doing a lot of heavy lifting right now. i was even trained to protect the plane, by top-notch security team, the ravens.
>> okay oh, wait, wait, i wasn't ready, he came really fast. okay.
>> it was a long day of work. but we were able to have some fun along the way.
>> i'm a little teapot short and stout here is my handle here is my spout when i get all steamed up hear me shout tip me over and pour me out
>> that's good, you didn't do that one? that was perfect.
>> you have a way with guys.
>> in a uniform? hello?
>> our trip to charleston would not be complete without a lot of great food.
>> i ate something from a