U.S. Navy Adm. Bill Moran, vice chief of naval operations, has beenÂ nominated to serve as CNO by PresidentÂ Trump. âIâm honored and deeply humbled by the nomination and look forward to working with Congress during the confirmation process,” Moran said in a statement released Thursday.
If confirmed, he succeeds Adm. John Richardson, who has heldÂ the CNO post since September 2015. Moran assumed his current role on May 31, 2016, and helped spearhead personnel reform andÂ fleet readiness efforts across the service branch. He previously served on the staff of the Chief of Naval PersonnelÂ andÂ U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.
The former P-3 Orion pilot performed tours of duty withÂ the Patrol Squadron 44Â and 30, Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 2Â and Carrier Group 6 aboard the USSÂ ForrestalÂ aircraft carrier. Moran holds aÂ bachelor’s degree in naval science from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree from National War College.