By Ms. Mary B Grimes (CECOM)October 13, 2017
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Throughout the workforce, we can all think of someone we see on an almost daily basis, but beyond that, know little to nothing about. From deliverymen, to custodians, I.D. checkers, facility engineers, and even those in uniform like the CECOM Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. Adrian Borel who, since the age of 17, has proudly served in defense of our nation and the Constitution of the United States of America.
A native of Louisiana, Borel entered the Army in 1989 and attended basic combat training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma as a Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U). Among his many assignments he has been stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and Fort Polk, Louisiana; and serving as the United States Army Japan & I CORPS(F) G3 & G6 Sgt. Maj. at Camp Zama, Japan.
While his assignment locations may to some read like a laundry list, Borel still looks forward to supporting the warfighter readiness effort. Stated Borel, "I have humbly served our nation for the past 28 plus years and will continue to do so until my retirement from the United States Army in a couple of years and well beyond."
The G3 Sgt. Maj. said it is the love for his family that helped in his decision to choose to serve in the U.S. Army. Said Borel, "I initially and continue to serve not only because the United States is perceived as the greatest nation on earth, but because it is my home, my country and the land of my ancestors. The foundation and ideals of which this country is built, 'the U.S. Constitution' is worth all the blood, sweat and tears that every service member willingly endures on a daily basis, and that's to include the laying down of our lives in defense of that document and ideal if need be."
Borel said that he has, like so many others, enjoyed the ups, and endured the downs of his service. Speaking to his time away from the demands of the uniform, He said, "I've had the opportunity to pursue leisure interests and likes away from the profession, such as sporting activities that include horseback and motorcycle riding. There truly is nothing more relaxing and therapeutic than the open road, where it's just you, your bike and nature, or a peaceful horseback ride with family and friends."
Sharing a bit of his personal life, Borel said, "I met and married my late lovely wife of 24 years, Avalon D. Borel, at my first military duty station -- Fort Ord, California in 1990. We were blessed into this world three beautiful and healthy children, Jordyn, Adrian II and Kennedy. Ava herself was a 'Combat Medic' Soldier who served our Army and nation faithfully for almost 10 years."
Moving forward, the Sgt. Maj. proudly spoke of his career and his journey thus far. "The United States Army has provided me and my family the opportunity to not only serve our nation, our communities on multiple levels, but to travel the world and attain an educational experience that simply can't be taught in a classroom. I truly am looking forward to what the future brings, both personally and professionally, being a newlywed for the second time in my life, having just recently wed my beautiful bride, Master Sergeant (P) Kim L. Borel who is also an active duty service member herself and currently attending Class 68 of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy," he stated.
"Service to community and nation is just something that has been engrained into our fabric, which only aids to strengthen the love that we share for each other. It truly has been and continues to be my honor to don the U.S. Army uniform, and to serve with countless numbers of others who truly love this country, and would defend her until."