NAVAL CONSOLIDATED BRIG CHARLESTON, S.C— Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston held a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Charleston’s Naval Weapons Station June 28, 2019.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jack A. Garcia of San Jose, California relieved Cmdr. Carl W. Brobst of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania as commanding officer of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston.
Distinguished guests, family and friends of Naval Consolidated Brig were in attendance at the ceremony, which celebrated Cmdr. Brobst’s three-year tenure and his commitment to the United States Navy. He is transferring to Center for Surface Combat Systems Detachment in Mayport, Florida.
U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin M. Byrne, deputy commander of Joint Base Charleston, presented Cmdr. Brobst with the Meritorious Service Medal for his service. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a local Medal of Honor recipient, was a keynote speaker at the ceremony.
During his tenure at the brig, Cmdr. Brobst led his multi-service team through a successful three years, focusing on the brig’s core missions, readiness, and quality improvements. Highlights of his tour include: The brig earning a record tenth consecutive 100 percent compliance score during the triannual American Correctional Association (ACA) audit, successful Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audit, achieving the highest possible ratings during the 2018 Navy Corrections Operational Readiness Inspection and the completion of the first transcontinental prisoner evacuation during Hurricane Florence. His commitment to Sailors led to the brig being awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Retention Excellence Award for 2017 and 2018.
Cmdr. Garcia will be the 21st commanding officer of Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston. Prior to assuming command, Cmdr. Garcia served as the brig’s executive officer for 18 months and as an naval aviator he served on the Joint Staff, United States Naval War College, Strike Fighter Squadron Two Seven, deployed onboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), Composite Squadron One Eleven, Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Seven, Fighter Attack Training Squadron One Zero Six where he trained in the F/A-18 Hornets, and Sea Control Squadron Forty, deployed onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) where he was selected to fly the S-3B Viking.
Cmdr. Garcia holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College earned in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Transportation from U. S. Merchant Marine Academy earned in 2000.