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New commander takes helm at Hanahan brig

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Cmdr. Brett Pugsley assumed command of the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, a military prison, at a changeover ceremony Friday at Joint Base Charleston, according to a news release.

Cmdr. Brett Pugsley (right) takes command of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston from Cmdr. J. Michael Cole, while Rear Adm. David Steindl, commander of Navy Personnel Command, observes during a ceremony Friday at Joint Base Charleston. (Photo/Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)The military prison, located off Remount Road in Hanahan, employs more than 200 staff comprising sailors, airmen, Marines, soldiers and civilians; its holding capacity is over 270 prisoners.“I am excited and humbled to take command of the Brig,” Pugsley said in the news release. “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.”

Pugsley, formerly executive officer of the Charleston brig, replaced Cmdr. J. Michael Cole, who is retiring after 20 years of service — three of which he spent as commander of the Charleston brig, the news release said.

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