Lieutenant Colonel Loreto V. Borce, Jr joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in the summer of 2021 as a military faculty member. LTC Borce is from Honolulu, Hawaii where he graduated from Chaminade University in May 2000. LTC Borce commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch through the University of Hawaii ROTC program. Following the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, LTC Borce was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea where he served as a Company Fire Support Officer for Baker Company 1st Battalion, 506th Air Assault Infantry Regiment. After his tour in the Republic of Korea, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Infantry Division where he served as Bravo Battery Executive Officer and Battalion Fire Direction Officer. LTC Borce deployed with 3-7th Field Artillery Regiment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom V. During OEF-V, he was reassigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade where he served as the Aviation Brigade Fire Support Officer.
Upon completion of the Infantry Captains’ Career Course, LTC Borce returned back to 3-7th Field Artillery Regiment, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 5 serving as the Executive Advisor for the Military Transition Team #0425. After redeploying back to Hawaii, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment as the Battalion Effects Coordinator.
Following his time at 2-27 IN, LTC Borce commanded two batteries in 3-7th Field Artillery Regiment (Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and Bravo Battery). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-11 with 3-7th Field Artillery Regiment as the Bravo battery commander. LTC Borce relinquished command of Bravo battery and assumed command of HHB during mid-deployment. After his tour in Iraq, he was reassigned to the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) at West Point, New York as a Military Science instructor. While assigned to DMI, LTC Borce devoted his time to leader development by being an Officer Representative for the Rugby and Football team.
After completing his assignment at the United States Military Academy, LTC Borce was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. LTC Borce deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XII as a Security Force Advise and Assist Team (SFAT) leader which was task organized under the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. After redeploying back to Fort Drum, NY, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment as the Operations Officer, then later as the Battalion Executive Officer. LTC Borce was then assigned to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as the Field Artillery Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade Fire Support Officer Observer/Coach/Trainer (OCT). In July 2017, LTC Borce was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters as the Deputy Fires Support Coordinator. In May 2018, LTC Borce commanded Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), Hawaii for three years. LTC Borce gave up command of PTA on 15 June 2021.
LTC Borce’s schools include: Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Joint Firepower Course, Joint Targeting Staff, Joint Airspace Operations Command & Control, Combatives Level I-III and Ranger School. His Awards include: Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal (3OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1SOLC, 2BOLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (1SOLC), and THE NATO medal. LTC Borce has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University, HI and a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Management & Operations) from John Jay College, NY.