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I know Paladin Taggerdy wants to keep the Brotherhood a military first outfit. But we could use a thousand Grants.

Johnny Moreno was a knight with the Appalachia Brotherhood of Steel.


Before the Great War, Corporal Johnny Moreno served in Taggerdy's Thunder as the unit's communications specialist.[2] After the bombs dropped, he continued to follow the unit's leader, Elizabeth Taggerdy. Moreno was responsible for monitoring communications, looking for survivors of any kind, especially military ones. He happened upon Roger Maxson, broadcasting to Appalachia via satellite and looking for anyone alive in the region. This chance encounter led to the foundation of the Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel.[3] Moreno would eventually attain the Brotherhood rank of knight.

Within the Brotherhood, Moreno remained as a communications specialist, participating in field recovery expeditions. On one of these expeditions, he found Tex Rogers, who volunteered for the Thunder.[4]

Moreno was involved in the fortification of and restoration of power at Grafton Dam, with assistance from Grant McNamara.[5] He was then assigned as field commander of the outpost at the dam, tasked with holding the passages through the Savage Divide to the Mire and ensuring a link with Harpers Ferry. He got on well with people, but as a communications operator, he lacked command experience. As the situation with the super mutants became worse in the Savage Divide, he was relieved of his command and replaced by Esposito.[6]

After the emergence of scorchbeasts, Moreno and the rest of the Appalachian Brotherhood made it their mission to eliminate them, culminating in Operation Touchdown in early 2095, a mission to destroy what was thought to be their main nest in the glassed cavern. Moreno was tasked with maintaining a connection to Fort Defiance, relaying intel as the team reached the coordinates provided by Grant McNamara's tracking device. The transponders he left behind tell the story of how the operation tracked down the scorchbeasts to the glassed cavern.[7] However, although the mission resulted in the deaths of many scorchbeasts, every member of the team, including Moreno, was killed in the process in February 2095.[1]


The holotape First day of command is recorded as a message to a romantic interest of Moreno - specifically, a female member of Taggerdy's Thunder.

Related holotapes


Johnny Moreno is mentioned only in Fallout 76.