021217 | Dec. 8, 2017
Cmdr. Carl W. Brobst relieved Cmdr. Brett A. Pugsley
as commander, Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston during a change of command
ceremony conducted aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Yorktown
(CV-10) on Dec. 8.
The time-honored ceremony marked an end to Pugsley's leadership of the
command. He reported to the brig in Nov. 2014 as the executive officer and
then took over the command position in June 2016.
The mission of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston is to provide the
security, good order and discipline, and safety of pre-trial and post-trial
prisoners; to retrain and restore the maximum number of personnel to
honorable service; and to prepare prisoners for return to civilian life as
productive citizens. The Charleston staff consisting of more than 200 Navy,
Air Force, Marine Corps and Army active duty military and civilians
Vice Adm. Andrew L. Lewis, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations served as the
guest speaker for the ceremony.
Rear Adm. Richard A. Brown, commander of Navy Personnel Command (NPC) and
deputy chief of naval personnel (DCNP), recognized Cmdr. Pugsley for his
service to the organization and presented him with Meritorious Service Medal
for his service to the organization.
"Commander Pugsley brought the Charleston brig its ninth consecutive
American Correctional Association accreditation, said RADM Brown. This was
on top of the daily demands of an organization responsible for the housing,
safety and management of prisoners across all branches and ranks of the
armed services. Under Commander Pugsley's leadership the brig team provided
a positive environment to support rehabilitation through a wide array of
life skills training, academic support, individual and group counseling and
crisis intervention action where appropriate. The Charleston brig is a
superior example of the effectiveness of our Navy and joint team"
Pugsley thanked friends, family and the NAVCONBRIG Charleston's staff for
supporting him throughout his tour at NAVCONBRIG Charleston.
"It has been the absolute honor and privilege of my naval career to serve
with you over the last three years, especially as your Commanding Officer.
Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and comradery. You have made this
the most enjoyable and rewarding set of orders of my naval career. I am very
proud of what this outstanding command has been able to accomplish as a
team," said Pugsley.
While in command of NAVCONBRIG Charleston, Cmdr. Pugsley led the
multi-service Navy Brig through an impressive three years, focusing on the
brig's core missions, readiness and quality improvements. In addition to the
Brig earning a record ninth consecutive 100 percent compliance score during
the triannual American Correctional Association audit, it also achieved a
successful first Prison Rape Elimination Act audit and scored the highest
possible ratings during the 2017 Navy Corrections Operational Readiness
Inspection. His commitment to excellence led to the Brig being awarded the
Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Chief of Naval Operations Retention
Excellence Award for 2015.
After assuming command of NAVCONBRIG Charleston during the ceremony, Cmdr.
Brobst thanked Pugsley and spoke of his plans for furthering the ongoing
initiatives and innovation taking place throughout NAVCONBRIG Charleston.
"It's an honor and privilege to have command of such fine Service Members
and Civilians that keep our facility functioning so professionally," said
Brobst. "I look forward to the next 18 months together and doing great
things for our Brig."
Brobst, a native of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, is the twentieth commanding
officer of NAVCONBRIG Charleston. He is a 2004 graduate of Jacksonville
University in Jacksonville, Florida and earned a Master of Science in
Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode
Prior to assuming command of NAVCONBRIG Charleston, Brobst served as the
Brig's executive officer reporting in May 2016. As a surface warfare officer
his sea tours included the USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS
Philippine Sea (CG 58), USS Underwood (FFG 39), USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) and
before his commission in 1997 through the Seam-to-Admiral Program, he served
aboard the USS Doyle (FFG 39) and USS Milwaukee (AOR 2).
Following the ceremony, Pugsley retired from the Navy after serving 20
years, including three as the NAVCONBRIG Charleston commander.
"He was honored to serve twenty years as an aviator in the United States
Navy and would do it all over again," said Pugsley. Thank you all for
coming and God Bless"
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