Rear Adm. Moran was born and raised in the state of New York. He is a graduate of Valley Central High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy (1981) and a master's degree from the National War College (2006).
Moran is a P-3 pilot with operational tours spanning both coasts including Patrol Squadron 44, Brunswick, Maine; Patrol Squadron 45, Jacksonville, Fla.; command of Patrol Squadron 46, Whidbey Island, Wash.; and command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, Hawaii. He has deployed to Sigonella, Sicily; Rota, Spain; Lajes Azores; Keflavik, Iceland; Misawa, Japan; Diego Garcia; Masirah, Oman; Bahrain; and, numerous detachments around the world. His other operational tours include flag lieutenant and Battle Group tactical watch officer for Commander, Carrier Group Six, Mayport, Fla., aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59). Moran has served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours, and two tours with Patrol Squadron 30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Moran's shore assignments include: Patrol Wing 11, Jacksonville, Fla., as safety officer and assistant maintenance officer; the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., as assistant Washington placement officer and assistant flag officer detailer; deputy executive assistant and executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, from July 2000 to July 2003; deputy director, Navy staff from July 2006 until June 2007; and as executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations from June 2007 until August 2008. Upon selection to flag rank, Moran assumed duties as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group in August 2008.
Moran served as deputy director, and currently serves as director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). In this capacity, Moran is responsible for the development, programming, and budgeting of all Naval aviation warfighting requirements.