Master Chief Duran was born near Los Angeles, was raised in Covina, California, and graduated from Northview High School in June of 1997 and joined the Navy in October of that year.
He 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 tour, he was Work Center Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer in Number Two Reactor Room.
After Stennis, MM1 Duran was stationed at Fleet Technical Support Center Pacific/Southwest Regional Maintenance Command, serving as LPO of the valve repair facility. He was advanced Chief Petty Officer in September 2006, serving as boat repair LCPO until October of 2007.
From October 2007 to March 2011, MMC Duran served as the plant chief in Reactor Mechanical Division aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). He completed two Western Pacific (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 of 2010.
Between March 2011 and November 2012, he served as Leading Chief of Reactor Mechanical Division aboard USS Carl Vinson. Completed two Nuclear Propulsion Board exams and two WESTPAC deployments.
In November of 2012, he was assigned to Commander Naval Air Forces in San Diego as the Force Reactor Mechanical representative for the Nuclear Propulsion Mobile Training Team, a traveling inspection and consulting team. In March 2013, he advanced to Master Chief and was assigned Senior Enlisted Leader of the 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 Chiefs and 435 junior Sailors through two WESTPAC deployments, INSURV, two Nuclear Propulsion Examination Boards and two carrier incremental availabilities.
On May 11, 2018 he relieved as the Command Master Chief of NPTU Charleston, a command of 1100 military and civilian staff who operate two nuclear power plants to provide training for 1500 enlisted sailors and officers yearly.
MMNCM Duran’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Navy Achievement Medal (two gold stars), Good Conduct Medal (five stars) and Sea Service Ribbon (one Silver Star). He holds a Bachelor 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.