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Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force

First Sergeant John D. Borders Company First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Company

First Sergeant Borders was born December 8th 1974 in Athens, Georgia. 1stSgt Borders graduated from Jefferson High School in 1994. In the fall of 1994 he went to Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island South Carolina on November 15th 1994. He graduated recruit training February 3rd 1995. 

Upon completion of recruit training he was ordered to report to Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejune, North Carolina where he spent a solid month, going into depth of a new lifestyle of Basic Warrior training aboard Camp Geiger, which is a smaller camp inside of Camp Lejune. Private (Pvt). Borders was attached to Fox Company 1st platoon were he started evolving his early leadership skills by becoming a squad leader in his platoon. For his actions as a squad leader Pvt. Borders was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. 

Once leaving MCT,  Pfc. Borders was instructed to report Camp Johnson, another small base inside of Camp Lejune were he would attend the Food Service Subsistence Supply Course. After obtaining the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 3361 he received orders back to Camp Geiger where he worked as a subsistence clerk for the largest Messhall on the East Coast. There Pfc. Borders was in charge of helping maintain a quarterly Budget of about $80,000 dollars. Pfc. Borders did this for 3 years, which in return helped his messhall to numerous awards and put them in the Top 2 contenders for three years in a row for the prestigious Ney Hill Award, which is the best Messhall in the Marine Corps. 

Upon his completion of duty in the fall of 1997, Lance Corporal Borders received orders to report to Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. Shortly after arriving in late October of 1997, he was promoted to Corporal in November and was immediately placed in the role of Subsistence Chief. This is a billet that is normally held by a SNCO. Corporal Borders was now in charge of the budget for the messhall, with junior Marines under his care.  With that being said, in the early part of 1998 Corporal Borders trained his younger Marines to do his job so he could attend the Corporals Course where he graduated in the top 10% of the class. In May of  1998, Corporal Borders was promoted to Sergeant. After a year stay, Sgt Borders decided to extend a year to help get the messhall he was working at in the running for the prestigious Ney Hill Award. 

In the fall of 1999 Sgt Borders received orders to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina. Sgt Borders worked at the First Recruit Training Regiment Messhall as the Subsistence Chief and as a Chief Cook from December 1999 to March 2001. Sgt Borders had received orders to report to Drill Instructor Duty in April of 2001. Upon graduating Drill Instructor School, he checked into Third Recruit Training Battalion, India Company. Sgt Borders served as a Drill Instructor for three platoons and was then transferred to Weapons Field Training Battalion where he held numerous billets. This included Chief Instructor, Rappel Master, and COC Watch Officer. While on quota, Sgt Borders was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. SSgt Borders was never idle; he volunteered to go to the Green Belt Instructor Course, and became a top finisher in the HRST (static) Course. SSgt Borders later returned back to the rigorous training hours of the recruit training regiment where he was now a Senior Drill Instructor for 4 cycles. 

Once his tour was complete on the Drill field SSgt Borders received orders June of 2004 to report Marine Corps Base Okinawa, Japan. Once arriving SSgt Borders begin to put his old Messhall knowledge to the test by helping his current Messhall win the covenant Ney Hill Award. Once things had settled down, SSgt Borders attended the SNCO Career Course at Camp Hansen. Upon graduation, SSgt Borders assumed the job as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for H&S Battalion, Alpha Company, Marine Corps Base. SSgt Borders filled this billet flawlessly from March 2005 through March 2006. Without ever having a turnover, he hit the ground running and never looked back. Also during his reign as Company Gunnery Sergeant, SSgt Borders also filled in as the Company 1stSgt on many different occasions while the 1stSgt was TAD or on leave. After a year as the Company Gunny, SSgt Borders went back to the Messhall were he was the Subsistence Chief. 

 SSgt Borders was transferred to Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 where he serves as the Assistant Field Mess Manager. While with MWSS-172, SSgt Borders deployed to Operation Iraq Freedom as the S-4 Chief and SACO. While deployed SSgt Borders was promoted to the rank of GySgt in August of 2008. Upon completion of the deployment, GySgt Borders returned to H&S Battalion Marine Corps Base where he was quickly scooped back up into the role of Company GySgt again. After a year as Company GySgt for Bravo Company, GySgt Borders was selected for billet as Assistant Marine Officer Instructor duty. While on AMOI duty GySgt Borders was selected to his current rank of First Sergeant. 1stSgt Borders received orders to 2nd Marine Logistic Group, Combat Logistic Regiment-27, Combat Logistic Battalion 6, as the H&S Company 1stSgt, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 1stSgt Borders was recently assigned to the Ground Combat Element Intergraded Task Force (GCEITF). 

1stSgt Borders is married to the former Amberly Brooke Griggs of Roundhill, Kentucky. They have two boys, Malachi, and Isaiah. 

1stSgt Borders’ personnel decoration include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd  award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal(2nd Award),  Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.