As an undergraduate, Lloyd G. LeCain served as a midshipman at the Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University. Following graduation, Lloyd G. LeCain became an officer in the United States Navy, retiring with the rank of captain.

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy allows cadets to combine classroom learning with practical experience aboard an operating vessel. The school year involves on-campus study and field training, which leads to a summer sail aboard the General Rudder, an official training ship. The program incorporates a number of programs tailored for each cadet’s individual career aspirations, which may include engineering, maritime licensing, or officer status in the US military or Merchant Marine.

Cadets interested in careers as officers may choose to enter the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) as midshipmen. These students must complete all requirements for their bachelor’s degrees as well as specified additional coursework. Cadets may also pursue standing in the Strategic Sealift Officer’s (SSO) Program of the NROTC, a highly selective program sponsored by the Navy and Merchant Marine.

Non-NROTC cadets may enter the program to pursue maritime licenses. Students interested in engineering may choose to become licensed as third assistant engineers in the Merchant Marine, while others may apply for licenses as third mates. A cadet who successfully completes the third mate’s or deck’s license may opt to serve as an officer in the Merchant Marine, Naval Reserve or Coast Guard Reserve.


A graduate of Texas A&M, Lloyd G LeCain earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, and is a proud member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. Lloyd G LeCain was a Captain in the United States Navy.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Texas A&M as one of six universities from around the world who will partner in a monumental new pursuit called Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). The goal of HESN is to innovate and implement solutions to challenges in global development, such as health, food security, and ongoing conflict.

Through HESN, Texas A&M will receive funding to establish a development lab which will be called the Center on Conflict and Development (C&D Center). There, the university’s HESN team will study the connections between conflict, poverty, and insecurity of food. Their findings will aid them in creating plans to improve conditions in countries affected by extreme conflict.

John Sharp, Texas A&M’s System Chancellor, praised the university’s selection as part of the USAID project, saying, “This national award is a tremendous recognition of our unique talents and ability to collaborate toward meaningful solutions to today’s challenges.”

Comprising the functioning naval facilities Point Mugu, San Nicolas Island, and Port Hueneme, Naval Base Ventura County is located in a valuable spot in Southern California. Starting as a temporary depot during World War II, it was originally used to train the newly developed Seabees, the Navy’s Construction Battalion. Throughout the war, it served as the home to the Naval Construction Battalion Center and to the Naval Air Missile Test Center. The Korean War saw an increase in activity at Naval Base Ventura County as most of the Navy’s supplies traveled through it.

Today, Naval Base Ventura County provides shore services to those in the Sea Services. Its facilities contain air and port operations as well as legal, public affairs, safety, training, and emergency management services. Additionally, the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, the second-oldest official Navy museum, sits on its premises.

About the Author:

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Executive Concepts in Washington, D.C., Lloyd G. LeCain spent more than three decades in the Navy and the Naval Reserves before retiring as a captain. Recently, Naval Base Ventura County dedicated a classroom to him at its Naval Readiness Center.

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September 8, 2011

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