US Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
1 US Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown, VA 23690
US Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown occupies the easternmost tip of Virginia’s historical triangle – formed by Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. In 1629, the Virginia Council issued an order calling for the settlement of the south bank of the Charles (now York) River. The following year, Governor Sir John Harvey was given a land patent of 752 acres at Wormley Creek establishing Yorke Village. The only remaining feature located in Yorke Village is the gravestone of Major William Gooch, who died in October 1655. The Gooch grave is one of the oldest legible tombstones in the New World. The decline and eventual abandonment of Yorke village coincided with the upriver development of Yorktown as a superior deepwater port in the late 1690’s.
Training at Yorktown is extensive. The training is designed to instill a profound understanding of technical and leadership skills in order to perform duties in a leadership role as a Petty Officer. The duration of “A” School training is typically 10 to 19 weeks depending on the course. Permanently assigned personnel include active duty, reserve, and civilian instructional, curriculum design and support staff. Students include Coast Guard active duty, reservist, and Auxiliarist. Additionally, TRACEN Yorktown provides training to other US military services, agencies and foreign militaries.
The Training Center trains over 10,000 students annually in the form of Class “A” Schools for 8 of the Coast Guard’s enlisted ratings and Class “C” Schools for all Coast Guard operational programs, through its Operations Training Branch, Engineering and Weapons Branch, and Marine Safety Branch.
The Operations Training Branch consists of Boatswain’s Mate “A” School, National Aids to Navigation School, Search and Rescue School, Operational Intelligence School and Coxswain “C” School. Yorktown’s location allows easy access to the water – which facilitates small boat training.
The Engineering and Weapons Branch includes Machinery Technician, Damage Controlman, Electrician’s Mate and Gunner’s Mate. All of these “A” schools and the Small Arms Instructor Course have seen a significant increase in student throughput within the past 2 years. This branch also delivers 6 Electronics Technician Tactical Weapons “C” Schools, Configuration Management Plus (CMPlus) Supply & Maintenance modules, Finance and Procurement Desktop (FPD) Basic & Reconciliation Courses and an additional 34 “C” school courses.
The Marine Safety Branch consists of Marine Science Technician “A” School, Port Operations, Marine Inspection/Investigation and Contingency Preparedness & Response Managements School. The Port Operations School includes the Port Security Specialist “A” School for reservists. In addition to 2 “A” Schools, the Marine Safety Schools hosts 23 different “C” school courses.Students from all over the world come to the Training Center each year to attend many of the resident school courses including 3 all-international offerings, the prestigious International Maritime Officers’ Course (IMOC), the International Crisis Command and Control Course and the International Leadership and Management Seminar.
The International Training Division (ITD) is charged with providing training and technical assistance to foreign countries. The training and assistance provided by ITD covers most Coast Guard mission areas including Maritime Law Enforcement, Marine Safety, Port Security, Small Boat Operations and Search and Rescue – as well as Infrastructure Development and Support for countries starting new USCG-like programs or modifying existing ones.
The Training Center’s Performance Technology Center (PTC) uses Human Performance Technology (HPT) methodologies to identify and analyze Coast Guard performance problems. Using data collected from on-site visits, the staff determines the most relevant causes of deficient performance and designs the most effective and efficient performance interventions (i.e., job aids, web-based training, electronic performance support systems, etc.) to improve human performance.
The Training Center produces over 40 correspondence courses and associated servicewide exams for at least 10,000 Coast Guard personnel annually. Additionally, Training Center instructors travel throughout the country to provide exportable training to about 4,000 Coast Guard personnel annually. Each year, thousands of Coast Guard personnel- active duty members, reservists, civilians and auxiliarists – come here to master the latest techniques and applications of the modern Coast Guard. The Training Center also offers basic and advanced courses to personnel from other armed services, state and federal agencies, and allied nations throughout the world. Training Center Yorktown proudly upholds the Coast Guard’s motto “Semper Paratus,” graduating students “always ready” to meet today’s challenges.
Arriving at US Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
I-64 is typically the fastest way to travel from Richmond to the Yorktown area. Most travelers driving from Washington (or other points north) drive south from the Washington DC area on I-95 South to I-295 South (bypasses Richmond) to I-64 East. Once you are on I-64 East, take Fort Eustis Blvd – Yorktown Exit (Exit 250-B). Proceed 3.75 miles on Fort Eustis Blvd to traffic light. Turn left on to Route 17 North (George Washington Memorial Highway). Proceed about 3/4 of a mile to second traffic light and turn right onto Cook Rd. Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the “STOP” sign and turn right on to Route 238 East. Follow Route 238 for approximately 1.25 miles to the TC Yorktown gate.
From points north:
Travelers arriving from the north can follow Route 17 South across the Coleman Memorial Bridge. Proceed approximately 1/4 mile past the bridge and turn left on Route 238 East. Follow Route 238 for approximately 2 miles to the TC Yorktown gate.
From the James River Bridge:
Route 17 North turns left about 3/4 miles after crossing the James River Bridge and becomes Jefferson Ave/Route 143. Follow Jefferson Ave (Route 17 North) for approximately 4 miles and turn right on to J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Follow J. Clyde Morris Blvd (Route 17 North) for approximately 10 miles (it will become the George Washington Memorial Highway when you cross into York County) until you reach Cook Road. Turn right onto Cook Rd. Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the “STOP” sign and turn right on to Route 238 East. Follow Route 238 for approximately 1.25 miles to the TC Yorktown gate.
From points south:
Cross over on to the Peninsula via I-664 and continue until you reach I-64 in Hampton. Follow I-64 (west) toward Yorktown/Williamsburg. Take I-64 to Fort Eustis Blvd – Yorktown Exit (Exit 250-B). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left, then right onto Fort Eustis Blvd. Proceed 3.75 miles on Fort Eustis Blvd. to traffic light. Turn left on to Route 17 North (George Washington Memorial Highway). Proceed about 3/4 of a mile to second traffic light and turn right onto Cook Rd. Proceed approximately 2.5 miles to the “STOP” sign and turn right on to Route 238 East. Follow Route 238 for approximately 1.25 miles to the TC Yorktown gate.