CHESAPEAKE, Va. (NNS) -- The Naval Consolidated Brig Chesapeake (NCBCH) was commissioned at Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex July 22.
NCBCH is the culmination of a six-year project which began as a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission decision in 2005 to consolidate naval brigs nationwide.
Cmdr. Erick A. Spitzer, NCBCH commanding officer, said the command's goals are to ensure discipline, good order, safety and security for all prisoners. A secondary goal is to teach prisoners the necessary skills to either return to honorable service or become productive citizens.
"This facility will help my team make that mission possible. We leave no service members behind," said Spitzer.
The 225,000-square-foot facility was built to hold up to 400 prisoners with a staff of 258 service members and Department of Defense (DOD) civilians. The staff will assist prisoners with recreational, mental, physical, rehabilitation and technical skills training.
"This ensures the staff provides maximum effort toward rehabilitation," said Spitzer. "This beautiful facility, the first naval correctional facility built from the ground up in 21 years, represents the epitome in both design and construction with state-of-the-art planning and innovative technology."
NCBCH has a vegetative roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, gray water recovery system and retention ponds and swales, Spitzer said.
"Today marks the combination of six years of planning, preparation and a lot of hard work," said Spitzer.
He added this building represents the Navy's investment in a modern corrections system for the 21st century and beyond.
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