Command Biographies
VMFAT-501 Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major Jorge L. Ortiz

Sergeant Major Jorge L. Ortiz is a native of California.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September of 2000 and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego as a Private First Class.  In January 2001, Private First Class Ortiz reported to Marine Combat Training on Camp Pendleton, California.  Upon completion he was sent to his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School in 29 Palms, California where he earned the basic MOS of 2531, Field Radio Operator. 
Upon graduation from school, Private First Class Ortiz reported to Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a Field Radio Operator.  During his tour at Bravo Battery, Private First Class Ortiz was a part of two Unit Deployments to Okinawa, Japan and promoted all the way through Sergeant. 
In July 2004 Sergeant Ortiz volunteered for duty to Marine Security Guard (MSG) School, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, Quantico, Virginia.  After graduating MSG School, Sergeant Ortiz was assigned to United States Embassy Bamako, Mali, as a watch stander, United States Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan as the Assistant Detachment Commander and United States Consulate Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Region 2 as the Assistant Detachment Commander. During his time in Saudi Arabia he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

In November 2007, Staff Sergeant Ortiz received orders to 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, California as the Charlie Company Radio Chief.  From September 2008 to February 2009 Staff Sergeant Ortiz was sent to Alpha Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Provisional Government Center Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge (SNCOIC), Ramadi, Iraq.  Upon Staff Sergeant Ortiz’s return he was reassigned as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for Charlie Company, 9th Communication Battalion.
In November 2009, Staff Sergeant Ortiz received orders to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines as the Assistant Radio Chief and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, with 3d Battalion 1st Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, Garmsir, Afghanistan.  In November 2010 he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. 
Gunnery Sergeant Ortiz received orders to Recruiting Duty in April 2011 and was selected from school to be the SNCOIC of Recruiting Sub-Station Mansfield, TX, Recruiting Station Fort Worth, 8th Marine Corps District. After his successful tour on Recruiting, Gunnery Sergeant Ortiz received orders to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division, as the Multi-Channel Radio platoon SNCOIC in July 2014.  
In December of 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Ortiz was selected to First Sergeant and received orders to Charlie Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. During his tour he deployed with the Maritime Raid Force, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit on WESTPAC 16-1. 
In February 2017, First Sergeant Ortiz was transferred to Security Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia as the Battalion Sergeant Major.  In March 2019, he was frocked to the rank of Sergeant Major and transferred to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312, MAG-31, 2d MAW in Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. During his tour he deployed with the Checkerboards into the INDOPACOM AOR for the units Dynamic Force Employment mission. On May 7, 2021 Sergeant Major Ortiz was transferred to his current assignment, Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, MAG-31, 2d MAW.
Sergeant Major Ortiz’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal 3rd award and the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal 3rd award.
Sergeant Major Ortiz has an Associate’s degree in General Studies, from American Military University. 

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