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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 life-long 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.

Command Philosophy

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Commanding Officer's Biography
Captain WisenerGreg Wisener
Captain, USCG
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center

Captain Greg Wisener is a 1991 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the United States Coast Guard Leadership Development Center.

Captain Wisener has 13 years of sea service time with afloat assignments that include being Commanding Officer aboard USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) from Portsmouth, Virginia from 2012 to 2014; Executive Officer aboard USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC 722) from Alameda, California from 2010 to 2012; two tours aboard USCG Barque Eagle (WIX 327) from New London, Connecticut as Operations Officer and then as Executive Officer; and two tours aboard USCGC Chase (WHEC 718) from San Pedro, California as Deck Watch Officer and Weapons Department Head.

Captain Wisener has a diverse set of shore assignments to include Operations Officer of the Pacific Strike Team Novato, California; Performance Branch Chief and Assistant Training Officer at Training Center Petaluma, California; Personnel Officer at Integrated Support Center San Pedro, California and Coast Guard Liaison Officer at U.S. Navy Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida.

Captain Greg Wisener holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Instructional and Performance Technology from Boise State University, Idaho. He is also a licensed Merchant Marine Officer with an unlimited Chief Mate and 1,600 ton Masters License for steam, motor, or sailing vessels.

Executive Officer's Biography
CDR Nakeisha HillsNakeisha Hills
Commander, USCG
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center

Commander Nakeisha Hills enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1991. She is a 1995 graduate of Officer Candidate School and currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Leadership Development Center.

Previously, Commander Hills served as Executive Assistant (EA) to the Assistant COMDT for Prevention Policy from 2011 to 2013. Up until that assignment she served as the Deputy and the Chief of Contingency Preparedness and Force Readiness at Sector Delaware Bay from 2008 to 2011. At the sector she lead collaborative efforts between federal, state and local response agencies to prepare for maritime incidents in and around the Delaware Bay, and assisted FEMA with awarding federal grants to AMSC maritime industry and agencies seeking to enhance their own maritime security environment. Additionally, while at Sector Delaware Bay she was detailed as a CG representative to the State of Florida OEM and to the Hurricane Planning Cell in support of the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To attend to her growing family, Commander Hills took a TEMP SEP from 2006 to 2008. During this period she continued serving as a CG Reservist, but worked as a Small Passenger Vessel Curriculum Developer at the National Transit Institute, Rutgers University. Just prior to this assignment at both Activities New York and at Sector New York, she served as a Marine Inspector; Casualty Investigator; Barges Section Chief; and Port State Control Section Chief from 2001 to 2006.

Commander Hills was also assigned as the Equal Opportunity Advisor at the USCG Academy where she taught EEO/Civil Rights Policy and Leadership from 1998 to 2001. Prior to this assignment, she served as the Assistant Operations Officer at CG Group New Orleans overseeing Heavy Weather and Counter Narcotic Planning, as the Communications Center Chief, and as a SAR Controller from 1996 to 1998.

Commander Hills holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Planning and Public Safety. She is currently pursuing another Masters Degree in Crisis Response and Trauma Counseling.

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.