Capt. James "Borg" Borghardt
Commanding Officer, Office of Naval Research Global

Capt. James Borghardt, commanding officer, ONR GlobalDownload high-res photo

A native of Centreville, Maryland, Capt. Borghardt graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. He completed undergraduate flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator by Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) in 1996. In 1997, he completed initial E-2C Hawkeye qualification in Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120).

He reported to his first fleet assignment in 1997 with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW-121) and completed two deployments aboard the USS Stennis and USS Eisenhower, participating in combat operations in Kosovo and Iraq.

Capt. Borghardt graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, in December 2001. He reported to Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, as the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 project officer.

In 2004, Capt. Borghardt reported to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron FORTY (VRC-40) Rawhides at Naval Station Norfolk. In 2004 and 2006, he deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf and Caribbean Sea as the detachment officer in charge (OIC) in support of USS Truman and USS Eisenhower.

In September 2006, Capt. Borghardt reported to NAVAIR, as the VX-20 E-2/C-2 department head/platform coordinator and the PMA231 assistant program manager for Developmental Test. His teams completed C-2 NP2000, C-2 CNS/ATM, E-2 CNS/ATM, E-2 IFR Demonstration testing and supported E-2D DT&E flight test.

He reported to Test and Evaluation Squadron THIRTY as the chief test pilot in July 2010 and as the commanding officer in February 2012. Sailors from his command were twice awarded NAVAIR Sailor of the Year, and the squadron received numerous commendations from NASA, the Missile Defense Agency and the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter programs, among others.

In July 2013, Capt. Borghardt reported to PMA266 to assume the Military Integrated Product Team lead for the MQ-8C Firescout, before being named the MQ-8C Air Vehicle deputy program manager in June 2014. During this tour, this Rapid Development Capability was transitioned to an ACAT-ID program of record.

In April 2015, he reported to NAVAIR-1.0 as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Commander for Acquisition Program Support (AIR-1.0B). He was then named Deputy Assistant Commander for Acquisition (AIR-1.0A) in October 2016.

In April 2017, Capt. Borghardt reported to ONR Global-Arlington as the executive officer and assumed command on June 6, 2019.

Capt. Borghardt’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal. He earned a Master of Science in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He was granted Harvard Business School alumni status upon graduation from their Program for Leadership Development in 2019. He has logged over 3,200 flight hours in more than 30 types of aircraft.

Updated: June 7, 2019

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