Lieutenant Colonel Angel R. Ortiz assumed command of the Army Field Support Battalion-Carson in June 2020.
Upon completion of the Command and General Staff Officer Course, LTC Ortiz was assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, where he served as the battalion executive officer; U.S. Army South, where he served as the chief of logistics for the Permanent Executive Secretariat for the Conference of American Armies; U.S. Army Cadet Command, where he served as the professor of Military Science for the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez. Prior to that, when he got promoted to the rank of major, he was assigned as the Department of Defense liaison for emergency management in the FEMA region II.
Upon receiving his commission from the Officer Candidate School in June 2001, LTC Ortiz was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, from 2001-2009, where he performed duties as platoon leader, maintenance control officer, brigade maintenance officer (204th Forward Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division), and battalion operations officer and company commander (589th Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Fires Brigade).
LTC Ortiz has completed four combat tours. During his first assignment to the 75th General Supply Company in Schwaebish Hall, Germany, (1988-1991) he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm (1991). Other deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom I, OIF 05-06, and OIF 08-09.
LTC Ortiz enlisted in the Army as a private with the military occupation specialty of subsistence supply specialist (76X) after graduating high school from the Carolina Baptist School in 1988. He separated from the Army in December 1991 and returned to Puerto Rico where he began his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Metropolitana until June 1997, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in finance and economics. LTC Ortiz later rejoined the U.S. Army in August 1997, with duty stations in Korea (1-72nd Armor Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division) and Fort Benning, Georgia (498th Medical Company).
His awards and decorations include the two Bronze Stars, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Parachutist Badge, the Quartermaster Order of Saint Martin, the Ordnance Samuel Sharp Award, and the Artillery Saint Barbara Award.
LTC Ortiz is married and has two daughters.