NEWS | Nov. 19, 2013

NAVCONBRIG Charleston names Sailors of the Year

By Lt. K. Matthew Wall Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston

Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Wakefield, a Religious Program Specialist, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael McNeil, an Operations Specialist, have been named the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston's 2013 Sailor and Junior Sailor of the Year. Cmdr. Patrick Boyce, NAVCONBRIG's commanding officer, presented the awards during an All-Hands Call held Nov. 13, 2013, at NAVCONBRIG on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station.

"These awards are the culmination of endless hard work and commitment you two have put forth this past year here at NAVCONBRIG Charleston," Boyce said. "Both of you are shining examples of what deckplate leaders should look like."

Wakefield is entering his ninth year in the U.S. Navy. Originally from Seattle, Wash., he enlisted in January 2005, and has served in a variety of operational assignments, including a tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to his primary duties as assistant to the command chaplain, he is also the Multi-Cultural Committee president and E-6 Association vice-president.

McNeil enlisted in July 2006 and served onboard USS DeWert (FFG 45) before moving to NAVCONBRIG Charleston in 2011. He currently serves as a prisoner management housing unit leading petty officer and member of the Command Emergency Response Team.

NAVCONBRIG Charleston's mission is to ensure the security, good order, discipline and safety of prisoners and detained personnel; to return as many personnel to honorable service as possible; and to teach skills necessary to become productive citizens.