Aside from academic, athletic and administrative facilities located within the gates and along the waterfront, the Academy also accommodates a variety of other establishments that support the Coast Guard mission. While the organizations may be separate, the Academy functions are a unified entity on many levels.
In addition to the Leadership Development Center, which is a free-standing Coast Guard command, the Academy is home to the Coast Guard Band, the Coast Guard Museum and the most recent addition, the USCGC Albacore, a multi-purpose operational cutter.
Graduates of the Coast Guard Academy demonstrate extraordinary devotion to their alma mater. The bond between alumni and cadets is especially strong. Many alumni – both in and out of the service – volunteer at the Academy as coaches, tutors, mentors, advisors and more. Every area of Academy life benefits from the support of alumni.
All alumni of the Coast Guard Academy are members of an elite group: graduates of U.S. federal service academies. In addition to their highly respected academic credential, alumni gain access to an unmatched global network of contacts and opportunities. Visit the USCGA Alumni Association website to learn more.
The CGC Albacore is an 87-foot multi-mission patrol boat that conducts such missions as: search and rescue, naval vessel escorts, recreational boating safety, and fisheries regulations. The Albacore is the only current operational unit attached to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
CGC BARQUE EAGLE
The 295-foot Barque EAGLE is the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard. She serves as a training vessel for cadets at the Coast Guard Academy and candidates from the Officer Candidate School. The EAGLE is the only active-duty sailing vessel in America’s military, and one of only two commissioned sailing vessels along with the USS Constitution.
INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP
The Institute for Leadership (IFL) was founded in 2005 to expand the Academy’s 200-week experience. The mission of the IFL is to develop leaders of character through research, academic support and engagement with the Corps of Cadets. Programs include the annual Ethics Forum, Spirit of the Bear Award, Tyler Chair Trip and Seminar and the Youth Leadership Conference among other leadership-centric initiatives. Visit the IFL’s website to learn more about their leadership-centric initiatives.
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD BAND
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Band was established in 1925 and made the official musical representative of the oldest seagoing service in 1965.
Based at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, the USCG Band routinely travels across the country and around the world to great acclaim. In addition, the band has performed at the inaugural celebration of every president since Herbert Hoover.
Visit the USCG Band website for concert information and more.
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD MUSEUM
The USCG Museum is located in Waesche Hall on the grounds of the Coast Guard Academy and contains an extensive collection of historical artifacts from the U.S. Coast Guard, including the original 1936 figurehead from the USCGC EAGLE, which is one of the largest figureheads displayed in an American museum.
The museum is open year round Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From June through August, the Museum is open every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, special hours may be arranged with the curator.
Please note the museum is closed on all federal holidays.
For more information about the USCG Museum, call 860.444.8511.
Visit the United States Coast Guard site for more Coast Guard history.