The Pentagon is seen on Oct. 21, 2021.

The Pentagon is seen on Oct. 21, 2021. (Robert H. Reid/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON — An intelligence specialist who worked in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was the soldier found dead in a parking lot near the Pentagon earlier this month, Army officials said Wednesday.

Master Sgt. Juan Paulo Ferrer Bordador, 42, was found unresponsive inside his vehicle in the North Parking lot on March 14. Pentagon officials said emergency medics responded immediately and determined the man was dead. The parking lot is located north of the Pentagon across Virginia Highway 110 not far from the banks of the Potomac River.

Members of the Joint Staff are comprised of all six branches of the military and serve under the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the office of the secretary of defense and the military’s combatant commands.

Army officials said Bordador was assigned to the Joint Staff security office in September 2021 as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Technical Surveillance Countermeasure program.

The Army said it’s still investigating Bordador’s death, including the cause.

Bordador was from Daly City, Calif., and spent time between 2012 and 2016 as an operations manager for the Army in Okinawa, Japan, according to his obituary. He was promoted to master sergeant in 2022.

The obituary also said Bordador was born in the Philippines and emigrated to the United States when he was 9. He joined the Army in 2004 when he was 23 as a counterintelligence and special agent of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

The Army said Bordador served as an intelligence senior sergeant in the Army from 2004 until his death. He deployed to Iraq in 2010 for a year.

Bordador’s obituary said he received various awards and honors during his career, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

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Doug G. Ware covers the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. He has many years of experience in journalism, digital media and broadcasting and holds a degree from the University of Utah. He is based in Washington, D.C.

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