USS Higgins
First to Fight!
Command Master Chief 
CMDCM(SW/AW) Roberto Ortega
Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Ortega hails from Rochester, New York.  He entered the Navy in August 1988 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 

Master Chief sea duty assignments include the USS Nassau (LHA-4), Patrol Squadron Eleven (VP-11),  Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR NINE (HSL-49),  USS Enterprise (CVN-65), 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion and Commander, Task Force, Individual Augmentee (CTF-IA). 

Ashore, Master Chief Ortega’s assignments include Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD), Fleet Aviation Specialized Operational Training Group Pacific (FASOTRAGRUPAC), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

He was selected into the Command Senior Chief Program in February of 2010 and subsequently was advanced to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer the same year.  He is currently the Command Master Chief for the USS Higgins (DDG-76).

A graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Non-Residence Course, Class 13, (Gold Group) and Command Master Chief Course (Class 93).  He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Work Force educational and Development from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, Illinois and a Master of Science degree in Management from Liberty University.

Master Chief Ortega’s personal decorations include:  Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various service and campaign awards.

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