Command Master Chief (July 28 2014 - Present)
CMDCM (SW) Brian Ortega
Command Master Chief

Master Chief Ortega is a native of Norwalk, California. He is a graduate of Norwalk High School and he joined the U. S. Navy in 1987. Master Chief Ortega’s duty assignments have included the USS Rathburne (FF 1057), Fleet Training Group Pearl Harbor, USS Fletcher (DD 992), Commander Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, USS Port Royal (CG 73) and Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific. He was selected for the Command Master Chief Program in 2009 and reported to the USS Lake Erie (CG 70). In May of 2012 he reported to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as the Command Master Chief for the 3rd largest military concentration area, composed of over 80,000 Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines. In July of 2014 he reported to Afloat Training Group Pacific/San Diego as the Command Master Chief. He also serves on the National Board of Directors for the Surface Navy Association.

Master Chief Ortega has completed seven deployments to the 5th Fleet and 7th Fleet AORs in support of national tasking. He served aboard USS Fletcher (DD 992) in which he supported “Operation Desert Fox” and United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73) he served as Operations Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and acting Command Master Chief, which included two deployments in support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70) Sailors completed numerous Ballistic Missile Defense missions forging that warfare mission to reach new heights. His visionary leadership and deck-plate mentoring led to the 2012 SECNAV Energy & Water Management Award, five Battle “E” Awards, the Spokane Trophy and numerous unit citations and awards.

Master Chief Ortega is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 102 and has earned an Associate’s Degree from Hawaii Pacific University. He is entitled to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal and both Global War on Terrorism Medals, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, numerous campaign and unit awards and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Pin.

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