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News Brief: Controversial Nominee to Assume Leadership of the VING


April 19, 2005 – Col. Eddy L. Charles Sr. will officially take his post as adjutant general of the Virgin Islands at a Promotion and Pinning Ceremony Thursday.
According to a release issued Monday from the V.I. National Guard, Gov. Charles W. Turnbull will promote Charles to the post at Government House on St. Croix at 10 a.m.
The Senate confirmed Charles, a decorated officer who has served in the Guard since 1976, on Feb. 11 amid much controversy due to a pending sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a female fellow National Guardsman.
Charles' nomination was approved with an 8-5 vote despite the opposition of several women's advocacy groups. Sens. Roosevelt David, Pedro "Pete" Encarnacion, Neville James, Norman Jn Baptiste, Shawn-Michael Malone, Terrence "Positive" Nelson, Usie Richards and Celestino White voted to confirm Charles. Sens. Craig Barshinger, Lorraine Berry, Liston Davis, Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg and Juan Figueroa-Serville voted against. Sen. Ronald E. Russell abstained, and Sen. Louis Hill was excused due to a death in his family at the time.(See "Charles Confirmed to National Guard Post").
Along with his post as head of the V.I. National Guard, Charles will also serve as the Executive Director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, and as the Homeland Security Advisor to the governor.
Charles is the 12th adjutant general of the Virgin Islands, replacing the former Adjutant General Cleave A. McBean who retired December 2004.

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