Vice Adm. (ret) J. Kevin Moran is a native of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography/Physics. Designated a Naval Aviator in September 1975 and trained in the SH-2F Sea Sprite, Vice Adm. Moran’s operational sea tours included LAMPS detachments in HSL-34 aboard USS Talbot (FFG-4), USS Biddle (CG-34), and USS Brumby (FF-1044), ship’s company aboard USS Guam (LPH-9), Operations Officer and the Officer-in-Charge of HSL-34, Detachment 8 aboard USS John Hancock (DD-981) and USS Vreeland (FF-1086). Additionally, he served as Executive Officer of USS Inchon (LPH-12), and USS Boxer (LHD-4). His command tours include Commanding Officer of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 44, flying the SH-60B; Commanding Officer of the USS Boxer (LHD-4); Commander, Navy Region Southeast; Commander, Amphibious Group 2; and Commander, Naval Personnel Development Command. Shore and staff assignments include Officer Programs Officer, Naval Recruiting District Richmond, Virginia and Aide de Camp/Flag Lieutenant to Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe/Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces Europe in Naples, Italy. His final assignment was as Commander, Naval Education and Training Command. He is a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. Vice Adm. Moran's personal awards include the Legion of Merit (gold star in lieu of fourth award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (gold star in lieu of third award), the Navy Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), and numerous unit commendations.