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NAVCONBRIG Charleston Holds Change of Command

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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