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Our vision is to model the way for leadership and professional development for the Coast Guard’s workforce. Our staff, facilities and programs will exemplify excellence and immerse students in a sea of professionalism. The learning environment will promote Coast Guard culture and Core Values essential for lifelong learning, leadership, and service. 


The Leadership Development Center improves mission performance and enhances the Coast Guard’s investment in its workforce by:
  • Delivering exceptional educational, training, and developmental experiences to leaders,
  • Supporting Coast Guard units through leadership and professional development improvement efforts, and
  • Identifying future organizational needs through ongoing research and assessment.


The Coast Guard clearly defines leadership as “you influencing or inspiring others towards a goal.” We do this through Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty while Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Performance and Change and Leading the Coast Guard. 

Strategic Goals 

  • We will ALIGN the leadership development continua and provide leadership development progression opportunities for the workforce.
  • We will BUILD innovative delivery methods and development resources through focused research.
  • We will create an engaged leadership COMMUNITY by communicating through a strong presence.
  • We will invest in DEVELOPMENT to broaden the Coast Guard's perspective on how leadership and professional development happen.
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Commanding Officer's Biography
Captain MorkanTom Morkan
Captain, USCG
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center

Captain Tom Morkan assumed command of the Leadership Development Center in June 2017. Captain Morkan enlisted into the Coast Guard in 1991 and after basic training at Cape May, New Jersey attended Electronics Technician training at Training Center Petaluma, California. After serving as a technician at Electronics Maintenance Detachment Boston and aboard the CGC Campbell, home-ported in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia and received his commission in July of 1993.

Most recently, Captain Morkan served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector New York where he led more than 700 active duty personnel, 75 civilian employees, 300 reservists and 2,000 Auxiliary members. Sector New York is charged with ensuring the safety, security and stewardship of the Port of New York and New Jersey as well as the Hudson River.

Prior tours include Assistant Chief, Reserve Training Section at the First District Office, Boston; First Lieutenant of CGC Escanaba, home-ported in Boston; Executive Officer of CGC Cushing, home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Maritime Law Enforcement School Instructor at Training Center Yorktown, Virginia; Commanding Officer of CGC Key Biscayne, home-ported in St. Petersburg, Florida; Doctrine, Acquisition and Evaluation Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Performance Technology Center, Yorktown, Virginia; and Chief of Response, Sector Boston. Captain Morkan served as Training Officer of the Special Missions Training Center, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was responsible for High Risk Tactical Boat training supporting the Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security mission, Tactical Operator Training supporting Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces as well as managed all Pre-Deployment Training for Coast Guard Forces deploying OCONUS to Afghanistan, Bahrain or Saudi Arabia.

Captain Morkan is a native of Simsbury, Connecticut and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He is married to the former Tamicha Ortiz of Belmont Shores, California and currently resides in Staten Island, New York with their two sons.

Executive Officer's Biography
CDR David O’ConnellDavid O’Connell
Commander, USCG
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center

Commander David O’Connell entered the Coast Guard as a Direct Commission Officer in 1998 and currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Leadership Development Center.

Previously, Commander O’Connell served as Chief of Prevention, Sector Boston from 2014 to 2017. In addition to being a Prevention Officer, Commander O’Connell is also a Coast JAG Officer. Prior to Sector Boston, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval War College’s International Law Department instructing in the areas of maritime law enforcement, maritime security operations, and international law. From 2010-2012, Commander O’Connell was on a two year detail to the Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section, where he prosecuted numerous vessel pollution cases against vessel owners and operators for violations of international and domestic pollution regulations. Previous to the Department of Justice, he was assigned to the Coast Guard’s Office of Maritime and International Law’s Prevention Law Group, where he worked on international law, ocean policy, marine safety and security, and environmental protection issues. As a junior officer, Commander O’Connell was assigned to Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach from 2002-2006, where he worked as a Coast Guard Marine Inspector and Marine Casualty Investigator. His first assingment was as a staff attorney at Maintenance and Logistic Command Pacific.

Commander O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Florida, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Command Master Chief's Biography
Command Master Chief Jahmal A. PereiraJahmal Pereira
Master Chief, USCG
Command Master Chief, Leadership Development Center

Master Chief Jahmal Pereira is a Class 65 graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, a Class 33 graduate of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, and a Class 157 graduate of Chief Petty Officers Academy. He currently serves as the Command Master Chief of the Leadership Development Center as well as the School Chief of the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.

Master Chief Pereira has served in many leadership positions from Airman to Master Chief. He has served on numerous Marine Corps, Army, and Coast Guard installations including recruit training in Parris Island, South Carolina; Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan; and Camp Pendleton, California. Army Installations include Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Lee, Virginia; and Fort Bliss, Texas. He has also served three tours in Kodiak, Alaska, two tours in Mobile, Alabama, and as an instructor for the Chief Petty Officers Academy in Petaluma, California, before assuming his current duties in New London, Connecticut.

Master Chief Pereira holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology with a specialty in security systems from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Excelsior College.

Master Chief Pereira’s personal awards include a Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, a Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and an Army Professional Education Ribbon with the Four Device. He has also earned the Navy Marine Corps Parachute Insignia and Coast Guard Basic Aircrew Wings.