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To inspire and enable the Coast Guard workforce to grow as leaders by delivering standardized, repeatable, and sustainable training programs to ensure individual, unit, and organizational success.


We enhance mission effectiveness and organizational climate through exceptional training and leader development.



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.
Commanding Officer's Biography


Joseph Meuse
Captain, USCG
Commanding Officer, Leadership Development Center

Captain Meuse reported to the Leadership Development Center from Marine Corps War College Quantico, VA, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies and conducted advanced studies in Leadership and Ethics.

Captain Meuse is a 1998 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Government. Upon receiving his commission, Captain Meuse reported to the Coast Guard Cutter MOHAWK in Key West, Fl.  There, he served as a Deck Watch Officer and unit Law Enforcement Officer, participating in numerous successful counter-drug, fisheries enforcement, and alien migrant interdiction patrols, as well as the multinational UNITAS exercise.  

Upon completing that tour, Captain Meuse was selected for the Coast Guard's Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) as a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) Officer in Charge at Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South where he earned his Deployable Team Leader qualification and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Insignia.  He led LEDET 408 on numerous counter-drug missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific aboard Allied and U.S. Navy vessels and conducted the service's first Unannounced Nighttime Boarding of the fishing vessel Recuerdo, resulting in the seizure of 9.2 tons of cocaine and the successful prosecution of its crew. Additionally, Captain Meuse and his team conducted counterterrorism operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, hunting Al-Qaeda leadership in the Arabian Gulf.

He continued his DSF career at Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) East as the Direct Action Section Team Leader earning his Assault Force Commander qualification and currently serves as the Coast Guard’s senior-most tactical operator.  In 2011, he was assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans as the Commanding Officer. He supervised several security missions and deployments in support of National Special Security Events and Combined Task Force 151.  He personally led the unit on a 6-month deployment to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where his team provided maritime and courtroom security for the prosecution of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architects of the USS COLE bombing and the 9/11 attacks.  During his most recent operational assignment, as the Commanding Officer of TACLET South, Captain Meuse oversaw 171 LEDET deployments resulting in the apprehension of 478 drug traffickers and the seizure of 121,500 kilograms of cocaine. 

Captain Meuse is a leadership, accessions, and training expert.  His prior staff tours include Coast Guard Academy Company Officer, International Training Division Operations Officer, and Training Center Cape May Executive Officer.   

In addition to his War College degree, Captain Meuse holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Leader Development from a Joint program with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Long Island University.  He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College Distance Learning Program and is a certified Master Training Specialist.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the CG Commendation Medal (3), the CG Achievement Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the CG Overseas Service Ribbon, and the CG Letter of Commendation.

Captain Meuse is a native of Billerica, MA.  He and his wife Katie have been happily married for 21 years. They are the lucky parents of their 14-year-old son Robin.


Executive Officer's Biography


Jennifer M. Konon
Commander, USCG
Executive Officer, Leadership Development Center

As the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center in New London, Connecticut, Commander Konon oversees the execution and delivery of 21 accredited leadership, professional development, and military indoctrination courses to more than 8,000 students annually.  

Prior to reporting to the Leadership Development Center, Commander Konon was a Program Reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs (CG-82), where she served as principal advisor on strategic, programmatic, and budgetary issues for the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Information Technology (CG-6), the Office of C5I Capabilities (CG-761), the Office of Cyberspace Forces (CG-791), and Coast Guard Cyber Command, with a total budget authority of over $900 million.  Other previous assignments include Chief of Intelligence for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District, Chief of Intelligence for Sector Delaware Bay, Physics Instructor at the Coast Guard Academy, Intelligence Watch Officer for the Commandant, and Engineering Officer in Training onboard the cutter MIDGETT (WHEC-726). As a 2017 Coast Guard Intelligence Fellow, Commander Konon led the documentation and dissemination of intelligence best practices to enhance operational intelligence support across the Coast Guard.   

Commander Konon’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, the Naval Intelligence Foundation Award for Academic Excellence, and the Captain     Neils P. Thomsen Innovation Award. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Master of Arts in Astronomy from Wesleyan University, and Master of Science and Technology with a Concentration in Information Operations and Cyber from the National Intelligence University.

Commander Konon lives in East Lyme, CT with her husband, Matt, and their two daughters. 



Command Master Chief's Biography

Jason D. Griffin
Master Chief, USCG
Command Master Chief, Leadership Development Center

Master Chief Jason Griffin assumed the duties as School Chief, Senior Enlisted Leadership Course and Command Master Chief at the Leadership Development Center, New London, CT in July 2018. Most recently, Master Chief Griffin served as the Gold Badge Command Master Chief for the First Coast Guard District headquartered in Boston, MA and the Seventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami, FL.

Master Chief Griffin’s previous assignments include a prior tour of duty at the Leadership Development Center serving as Senior Enlisted Instructor in the Command and Operations Branch; Officer in Charge, CGC SAWFISH, Key West, FL; Officer in Charge, CGC SHEARWATER, Portsmouth, VA; Officer in Charge, Aids to Navigation Team, Key West, FL; Officer in Charge, CGC PENDANT, Boston, MA; CGC VIGILANT, Port Canaveral, FL; Executive Petty Officer, CGC POINT BONITA, Little Creek, VA; CGC MIDGETT, Seattle, WA; and Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Master Chief Griffin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership (Summa Cum Laude) and is a distinguished graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy where he was awarded the “Spirit of the Chief” award. He is also a graduate of various service schools including the Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, the National Defense University Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course, and is certified as a Master Training Specialist.   

Originally from Lindenhurst, New York, Master Chief Griffin enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in October 1992. His personal awards include the Navy League’s Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership for 1997, two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, all with the operational distinguishing device.  In addition to various other personal and unit level awards, he wears the Officer in Charge Afloat and Ashore device for both Multi-Mission and Aids to Navigation specialties, the Permanent Cutterman and Coxswain Insignia, and the Command Master Chief (Gold and Silver Badge) insignia.




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