JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville will stand up the Transient Personnel Unit (TPU)/Pre-trial Confinement Facility (PCF) and close the NAS Jax Waterfront Brig Aug. 2.
The brig was identified for closure as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Committee recommendation to re-align and consolidate brigs across the Department of Defense.
Through a consolidated effort with Commander, Navy Installations Command and Commander, Navy Personnel Command, NAS Jax will retain a Pre-trial Confinement Facility in Navy Region Southeast. This effort will save the base hundreds of thousands of dollar annually in energy and maintenance costs.
"We are going to be a benchmark for the Navy. Aligning these two units under one chain of command will bring all the resources into one location increasing command and control over all personnel who transit through our doors," said TPU Jax Commanding Officer Cmdr. Tracie Crawshaw.
"We've been working on this consolidation since December 2008 and we recently obtained the funding to begin the required construction to move TPU from Buildings 4 and 7H to the new facility in building 409. We hope to have the move completed by the end of 2010," Crawshaw said.
"Commander, Navy Installations Command, (Vice) Adm. Vitale, started this process when he was the regional commander here. He recognized that having a Pre-trial Confinement Facility in Jacksonville would save the Navy tens of thousands of dollars across the region by allowing trial counsels and command representatives to stay local versus traveling to Charleston, S.C. to conduct required legal administrative processing and proceedings."
"In addition to the travel cost-savings, we bring the ability to reduce the footprint on NAS. Building 7H is the last of the old barracks buildings still standing, with us moving out, the base can either reutilize the spaces or demolish the building. Floor space will open in building 4 as well, which will enable NAS to move another command over to building 4 potentially further reducing the overall base footprint. It really is a win-win for everyone," said Crawshaw.
The "new" facility at building 409 will consist of a secure side and an unsecure side. The secure side, or PCF, is designed for those awaiting adjudication. All personnel manning this area are trained correctional custody specialists.
TPU will reside on the unsecure side and will continue business as usual in the handling of restricted personnel and regular transients who are awaiting new assignments or transition to civilian life. Currently, TPU Jax processes between 1,600 and 2,300 people each year including deserters from all branches of service.
"It has been a substantial process to work through all the issues in dealing with this consolidation. We've had a contingent of TPU Jax assigned personnel working for the brig for several months in preparation for the move," said Crawshaw.
"I really appreciate all the diligent work Lt. Worley and his staff at the brig did to make this happen. And, I'd like to thank my staff for everything they are doing to ensure this move goes as smoothly as possible. It has been a challenge from day one, but the staffs never waivered and everything is coming together nicely. TPU/PCF Jacksonville will be a model facility with the ideal staff assigned to meet the mission."
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