NEWS | June 10, 2016

New commander takes helm of Charleston Brig

By Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

More than 100 service members, civilians, dependents and community leaders attended a change of command ceremony for Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, June 10, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Commander Brett Pugsley relieved Cmdr. J. Michael Cole as the 19th commanding officer for the Brig, which has a capacity to hold more than 270 prisoners and the staff consists of more than 200 Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Soldiers and civilians.

Pugsley previously served as the Brig's executive officer for 18 months and hails from Marietta, Ga.

"I am excited and humbled to take command of the Brig," Pugsley said to the staff of the Brig during his first speech after assuming command. "We will continue to transform the military prisoners confined here today to be productive citizens of society. We will continue to bear the standard for correctional excellence, and I know that because of you we will do that well."

Rear Adm. David Steindl, Commander of Navy Personnel Command, was the guest speaker during the ceremony and commended Cole and the Brig staff for supporting a role which is important to the mission of the Navy and the public.

"You have exceeded all expectations during your tour," Steindl said during his speech to Cole. "Under your leader this Brig has always positively impacted and rehabilitated the lives of those individuals incarcerated here."

Cole, who commanded the Brig for three years and is retiring after 20 years of service, showed his appreciation towards those he led.

"Thank you to the men and women of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston for your hard work and dedication to the mission," Cole said. "Thank you for your service to your country and for all you do."