Thursday, March 3, 2011
Third Navy Commanding Officer Fired in 2011
He is the third Navy CO fired in 2011. Captain Opie Honors (USS ENTERPRISE) was the first and Captain Rex Guinn (NRLO Japan) was the second.
Commander Nathan Borchers is a native of Sidney, Nebraska and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Nebraska. Upon graduation and commissioning as an Ensign, he completed the Naval Nuclear Power training program.
Commander Borchers’ first sea duty was aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) where he served as the Reactor Mechanical Division Officer and Chemistry and Radiological Controls Assistant. His next tour was in USS MITSCHER (DDG 57) where he served as Assistant Operations Officer and Training Officer. These tours included two deployments to the Adriatic Sea in support of NATO operations.
Following his Division Officer tours, Commander Borchers served as the Plant Evaluation Officer at the Nuclear Power Training Unit on Charleston, South Carolina. During this tour he received a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Charleston.
After successful completion of Department Head School, Commander Borchers served as the Combat Systems Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG 59). This tour included a deployment to the Arabian Gulf conducting Maritime Interception Operations in support of United Nations resolutions. Next, he served aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) as the Main Propulsion Assistant during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Commander Borchers also served as Executive Officer onboard USS STETHEM (DDG 63) as part of the Navy’s Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan.
Commander Borchers’ second shore tour was on the Joint Staff, J-8, where he served as an Action Officer in the Force Application Division.
Commander Borchers has been awarded The Admiral Ben Moreell award for Logistics Excellence by the Navy League of America and the Admiral James L. Holloway III leadership award by the Stennis Center. Personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4) and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5).