Rear Admiral Moira Flanders received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Flanders was commissioned via Officer Candidate School in 1978.
Her first assignment was in London, England, as a current operations watch officer. She was then assigned to Washington, as an intelligence analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations. She served as officer in charge of Personnel Support Detachment New York, and then returned to Washington as an assignment officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. After two years as the executive officer of Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia, Flanders was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., as an advanced research fellow.
Following the War College, Flanders reported to Pensacola, Fla., as flag secretary to the Chief of Naval Education and Training; she remained for a subsequent tour as aide. Flanders then served as information management branch head within the Joint Staff Secretariat in Washington. Next, she commanded Navy Recruiting District New York, which was selected as the best (of 31) recruiting districts in the nation. Flanders returned to Washington as the fleet support and Human Resources officer community manager, one of 19 community managers representing each officer community in the Navy. In January 2002, Flanders assumed command of Navy Recruiting Region North. After 18 consecutive months of attaining recruiting goals, she departed Region North to become deputy director, Office of Program Appraisal, within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. Flanders became the director of Strategic Planning for Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education in October 2005. She assumed command of Naval Personnel Development Command in November 2006.
Flanders became the director of the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair, Wash., in November 2007. The College is an International College, focused on security and defense issues in the Western hemisphere.
Awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal and several unit awards.