Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds; for me, Cadet Chloe Patterson, John D. Borrero is one of these heroes.
Major Borrero was a guest speaker at the Shelby Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol this past month. Born in New York City, he is a second generation Puerto Rican born in the Contiguous United States. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the military, was selected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School, and later the United States Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelors of Science in Oceanography. Though he enlisted in the Navy, he pursued a career in the United States Marines.
Major Borrero shared some experiences of his military career which consisted of deployments to Iraq, the second attack of Fallujah, and transition of governance back to Iraq. His military assignments included 1st Tank Battalion, 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, serving as a Platoon Commander and a Adjutant, providing support within the Operations shop and functioning a LAV25 vehicle. While Captain Borrero was deployed in Iraq as a linguist manager, his family began. Today, now a Major, Borrero is the proud father of three children and continues his service with the Marine Corp Reserve.
Major Borrero also shared with the Cadets stories of his most recent mobilization to support Hurricane Relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma and Maria impacted the island. He shared with us how Honor, Integrity, and making good choices are important, even when no one is watching. Major Borrero is a good example of a hero because he sacrifices leaving his family and friends behind to help others in need. When talking with him he said he just does his part, but when I was listening to him, I couldn't help but be amazed at how courageous and inspiring Major Borrero is.
We thank him for his service and taking the time to come out to speak to us.
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