Borovina spent his childhood in Bucharest, Romania. As a youth he enjoyed soccer and volleyball. He moved to the States when he was 18 and acquired a Computer Science degree from Texas A&M University. He enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Warfare Officer and then completed officer training school, earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1998. His first tour was in VP-9 in Hawaii, and he went on to serve as an instructor at the P-3 Weapons and Tactics Unit. He earned a master’s degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and Hawaii Pacific University. He served aboard USS Nimitz followed by Operations Officer in Patrol Squadron Four Six. In total, Borovina accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in the P-3. While on his shore tour, he suffered a stroke during surgery to remove a brain tumor. He credits the incredible medical and non-medical care he received along the way that has allowed for his full recovery.

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George Borovina

Navy Commander

Age: 42

Current Command/Position: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon

Current Hometown: Stafford, Va.

Disability: Brain tumor and subsequent stroke March 2011