Master Sergeant Juan Paolo “JP” Bordador was found dead in his car at the Pentagon North parking lot on March 14. The parking lot is located north of the Pentagon across Virginia Highway 110, a short distance from the Potomac River. Emergency medics responded immediately to the scene, according to Pentagon officials.
Bordador was a 42-year-old non-commissioned officer and an intelligence specialist who worked in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to service details given by the Army.
Joint Staff members are from all six branches of the military and serve under the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the office of the secretary of defense, and the military’s combatant commands.
Army officials said Bordador had been assigned to the Joint Staff security office in September 2021 as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Technical Surveillance Countermeasure program.
He was pronounced dead by Arlington Emergency Medical Services on March 14, following a wellness check. An investigation into his death and its causes is ongoing, according to Joint Staff spokesman Joseph Holstead.
“As Joint Staff leadership conveyed to the team, the life of every member of our team is valuable beyond measure, and Master Sergeant Bordador’s loss impacts all of us. He will be missed,” Holstead said.
Bordador enlisted in the army in 2004 and was deployed to Iraq in 2010 for one year. He spent fours years from 2012 as an operations manager in Okinawa, Japan, according to his obituary. He was decorated with many awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, five Army Achievement Medals, and five Army Good Conduct Medals.
Bordador was born in the Philippines and emigrated to Daly City, California, at age 9. He leaves behind a wife and five children.
A celebration of his life will be held on April 2 at King George, Veterans Administration (Va.), and a memorial service on April 15 in Daly City, at the Storke Funeral Home.