Master Chief Petty Officer Daniel A. Duran is a native of Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Northview High School in June 1997. He joined the Navy in October and reported to Recruit Training Center Great Lakes in October 1997.
Duran attended Nuclear Field ‘A’ School, and Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, followed by Nuclear Prototype Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina. He reported to USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in July 1999. During his service aboard Stennis, he conducted two Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Noble Eagle following the September 11 attacks and Operation Enduring Freedom.
After Stennis, he was stationed at Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific/Southwest Regional Maintenance Command, serving as Leading Petty Officer of the valve repair facility. He was advanced Chief Petty Officer in September 2006, serving as boat repair Leading Chief until October 2007.
From October 2007 to March 2011, he served as the plant chief in Reactor Mechanical Division aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68), completing two WESTPAC deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), and two planned incremental availabilities, and advanced to senior chief petty officer in December 2010.
Between March 2011 and November 2012, he served as Leading Chief of Reactor Mechanical Division aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Completed a planned incremental availability, two Nuclear Propulsion Board exams and two WESTPAC deployments.
In November 2012, he was assigned to Commander Naval Air Forces in San Diego, California, as Force Reactor Mechanical representative for the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team (NPMTT), a traveling inspection and consulting team. In March 2013, he advanced to Master Chief and was assigned Senior Enlisted Leader of NPMTT.
From October 2015, through February 2018, he served as Reactor Department Master Chief aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). During his time, he successfully led 25 chief petty officers and 435 junior sailors through two planning maintenance availabilities, a WESTPAC in support of operations in the South China Sea, INSURV, two Nuclear Propulsion Examination Boards.
On May 11, 2018, he assumed the responsibilities and duties as Command Master Chief, Naval Propulsion Training Unit Charleston, a command of 1600 military and civilian staff who operate three nuclear power plants to provide training for 1800 enlisted sailors and officers yearly.
Duran’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars), Good Conduct Medal (five stars) and Sea Service Ribbon (one silver star and one bronze star). He graduated with distinction from The Citadel with a Master’s in Business Administration. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Energy Engineering Technologies from Thomas Edison State University and was Honor Graduate and Peter Tomich Distinguished Leadership Award recipient for Senior Enlisted Academy Class 188.