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School of Infantry (West)

Camp Pendleton, CA
Unit Leaders
Sergeant Major Miguel A. Ortega

Sergeant Major, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion

SgtMaj M. A. Ortega photograph

                                Sergeant Major Miguel A. Ortega

Sergeant Major Ortega enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1990 and attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Ca. Upon completion of Recruit Training, PVT Ortega was transferred to the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, Ca where he completed the 0331 Machine-Gunners Course. After completion of school, he was assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Camp Pendleton, Ca and deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. 


In March 1991 LCpl Ortega was transferred to Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. He deployed with the 31st MEU and it was during this deployment that he achieved the rank of Corporal meritoriously.  


Sergeant Ortega attended Marine Corps Security Force School in July 1994. After completion of school he was assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Company Roosevelt Roads, P.R. where he spent the next three years and served as Sergeant of the Guard.   


After completion of security force duty in August 1997, Sergeant Ortega received orders to Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, Kaneohe Bay, Hi. where he filled the billet of Section Leader for the Combined Anti-Armor Platoon. In February 2000 he attended the Scout Sniper Basic Course and upon successful completion was reassigned within the Battalion to the Scout Sniper Platoon where he served as Platoon Sergeant and Platoon Commander. Deployments with the unit include two UDP’s to Okinawa, Japan.    


Staff Sergeant Ortega received orders to Marine Security Guard (MSG) School, Quantico, VA in March 2001. After successful completion of school, he fulfilled the duties of Detachment Commander at the American Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal and American Embassy Warsaw, Poland. In June 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Ortega, was selected to serve on the MSG School Staff as an Instructor Advisor. After sixteen months as an MSG Instructor Advisor at Quantico he requested orders to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Ca. During this tenure he served as Company Gunnery Sergeant for Echo Company and as the Senior Enlisted and Logistical Advisor for the Commanding Officer of Troops while embarked aboard the USS Rushmore during RIMPAC 06.


Upon his selection to the rank of First Sergeant in January 2007, he was transferred to 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment where he served as Company First Sergeant for Alpha Company.  He deployed with Alpha Company to Iraq in April 2007 in support of OIF.  Upon returning from OIF in November 2007 he was reassigned within the Battalion to Headquarters and Service Company and once again deployed to Iraq in support of OIF. 


In June of 2009, First Sergeant Ortega received orders to Security Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Ca where he held the billet of Company First Sergeant for Brig Company and Military Police Company.


Sergeant Major Ortega was selected to his present rank on November 2011. Upon his selection to Sergeant Major he received orders to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4, Cherry Point, NC where he served as the Squadron Sergeant Major.  He deployed with the Squadron to Iwakuni Japan and conducted several training detachments in support of Squadron training. 


Sergeant Major Ortega received orders to Advance Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry West on 19 June 2014 and is currently serving as the Battalion Sergeant Major.                  


His personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (fifth award), Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat action ribbon.