Coast Guard Leadership Development Center to become major training command

Coast Guard Academy News
NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy’s Leadership Development Center is holding an Establishment of Command ceremony, Thursday, Aug. 29, at 11:00 a.m., on the steps of Yeaton Hall.

“This is the right decision at the right time for leadership development in the Coast Guard. FORCECOM’s focus is to ensure the Coast Guard’s workforce is prepared to do their job,” said Capt. Andrea Marcille, director of the LDC. “Our most important job is to lead; so the synergy is already there.”

The LDC was established May 12, 1998, to provide concrete evidence of the Coast Guard’s dedication and commitment to its most valuable resource — people. Through basic leadership training given to junior enlisted members, to entry level training for new officers, to 50-week educational experiences for mid-grade officers, the LDC delivers a common framework for leadership and professional development and establishes key learning events timed throughout a career.

Each year nearly 5,000 students come through the doors of the LDC to attend one of the 23 courses offered. Training takes place at one of three schoolhouses located in New London, Conn., Petaluma, Calif., and Yorktown, Va., or through exportable training held in the field at various units.

Since its inception, the LDC has been a division of the Coast Guard Academy because of its mission of training leaders for the service. The LDC will now become the 8th major training command under the Force Readiness Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., which manages the Coast Guard’s overall training system. The LDC will remain on the Coast Guard Academy campus.

Marcille leads the 85-person team to carry out the mission of the LDC to improve mission performance and enhance the Coast Guard’s investment in its workforce by delivering exceptional educational, training and developmental experiences to leaders, supporting units through leadership and professional development improvement efforts, and identifying future organizational needs through ongoing research and assessment. Marcille will become the LDC’s first commanding officer.

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