Francis D. Moran

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Francis D. "Bill" Moran
RADM Francis D. Moran.JPG
Born (1935-05-08) 8 May 1935 (age 83)
Biloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.svg United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps (1961-1965)
Environmental Science Services Administration flag.jpg Environmental Science Services Administration Corps (1965-1970)
NOAA Flag.svg NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (1970–1990)
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Rear Admiral
Commands held NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps
Battles/wars Cold War
Awards DOCSilverMedalRibbon.gif Department of Commerce Silver Medal
Moran as a lieutenant in the ESSA Corps.

Rear Admiral Francis D. "Bill" Moran[1] (born 8 April 1935) is a retired career officer who served in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps, its successor, the Environmental Science Services Administration Corps (ESSA Corps), and the ESSA Corps's successor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps). He served as the third Director of the NOAA Corps.

During his career, Moran created and led two new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aviation units, and also established the first fisheries program for NOAA personnel.

Early life

Moran was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on 8 April 1935.[2] He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1960 with a bachelor of science degree[2] in mathematics and geology.[3] After graduating, he was awarded an assistantship at the University of Tennessee.[3]

Career

In 1961, Moran joined the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, accepting a commission as an ensign in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps.[3] In the following years, he served on five survey ships of the Coast and Geodetic Survey fleet.[3]

On 13 July 1965, a new United States Government scientific agency, the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA), was created. Under the reorganization that created ESSA, both the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the United States Weather Bureau, although retaining their independent identities, came under the control of ESSA, and the Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps was removed from the Coast and Geodetic Survey and subordinated directly to ESSA, becoming the Environmental Science Services Administration Corps (ESSA Corps). As of that date, Moran became an officer of the new ESSA Corps. On 3 October 1970, ESSA was abolished and replaced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Under the reorganization that accompanied the creation of NOAA, the Coast and Geodetic Survey was abolished and its functions were transferred to various parts of the new NOAA organization. The ESSA Corps became the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), and Moran became a NOAA Corps officer.

Moran served as chief of NOAA's Pacific Tides Party and as NOAA liaison to the United States Navy from 1970 to 1973.[2][3] In 1974, he attended the University of Rhode Island full-time, graduating that year with a master's degree in marine affairs;[2][4] during his time at the university, he established and attended the first fisheries program for NOAA personnel.[5] From 1975 to 1981, he was assigned to the NOAA Research Facilities Center, where he established and served as chief of the Helicopter Operations Group,[2][5] which supported the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Assessment Program.[5] From 1982 to 1983, Moran was the executive assistant in the Office of the Deputy Administrator of NOAA.[2][5] From 1983 to 1986, he was the first director of NOAA's new Office of Aircraft Operations,[2][5] bringing together five semi-autonomous NOAA aviation units to create the new office, and by the end of that tour was a rear admiral who had amassed over 6,000 hours in flight time and was the only NOAA Corps officer qualified in every type of helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft in the NOAA inventory.[5]

On 17 June 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated Moran to succeed Rear Admiral Kelly E. Taggart as Director of the NOAA Corps.[2] Confirmed by the United States Senate that year, he served as director until his retirement in 1990.

Personal life

Moran and his wife have two children.[2]

Awards

DOCSilverMedalRibbon.gif Department of Commerce Silver Medal

In a ceremony on 20 November 1986 in Washington, D.C., Moran received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his work during his 1983-1986 tour as director of the new Office of Aviation Operations.[6]

References

  1. ^ Rensberger, Boyce, "The Few, the Proud -- the NOAA?," washingtonpost.com, September 10, 1986.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i presidency.ucsb.edu Nomination of Rear Admiral Francis D. Moran To Be Director of the Commissioned Officer Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, June 17, 1986
  3. ^ a b c d e Anonymous, "New NOAA Corps Director," NOAA Report, September 17, 1986, p. 1.
  4. ^ Anonymous, "New NOAA Corps Director," NOAA Report, September 17, 1986, pp. 1-2.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Anonymous, "New NOAA Corps Director," NOAA Report, September 17, 1986, p. 2.
  6. ^ Program of Thirty-Eighth Annual Honor Awards, United States Department of Commerce, November 20, 1986: Silver Medal Recipients: Francis D. Moran
Military offices
Preceded by
Kelly E. Taggart
Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Commissioned Officer Corps

1986-1990
Succeeded by
Sigmund R. Petersen
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