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    Sgt. Daniel Ortiz: Following in the footsteps of family

    Sgt. Ortiz and son

    Courtesy Photo | Sgt. Daniel Ortiz, a human resources sergeant with the 1st Space Brigade, poses for a...... read more read more



    Story by Ayumi Davis 

    U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Sgt. Daniel Ortiz didn’t always want to be a Soldier growing up.

    As he got older, his duty to tradition grew, and, while it had never been the plan, Ortiz is happily and proudly carrying on the Army legacy that now spans three generations of Ortizes.

    He joined the Army in 2017 after first trying to enlist in 2010. Ortiz, serving as a human resources sergeant at the 1st Space Brigade in Fort Carson, Colorado, said the Army has been interesting so far.

    “There’s something new at every duty station, with different people and leaders to meet and learn from,” he said.

    His grandfather, retired Maj. Valentine Ortiz, had served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. His uncle, Oscar Ortiz, and father, Lionel Valentine Ortiz, followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, retiring as a major and captain, respectively.

    “The men in my family had been joining the Army, so I wanted to continue the tradition,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said his father looked upon his time with the Army fondly, having his motorcycle adorned with stickers for Army Rangers and Army Airborne. Ortiz’s father also participated in West Point recruiting for cadets, having graduated from the military academy himself in 1983.

    “He’s always very proud of his time with the Army,” Ortiz said.

    With tradition propelling him, Ortiz tried to join with a combat military occupational specialty but learned he could not after discovering he was red/green color deficient.

    Ortiz proceeded to go to college and received a Bachelor of Science in 3D media arts and animation in 2015. After graduating, he worked as a biomedical technician, but gave himself a deadline before trying to join the military again.

    “I gave the civilian workforce about a year to see if I could propel myself professionally that way, and, after, I decided to look into the military as being a better way for me start a family, move out on my own and such,” Ortiz said.

    He had briefly considered the Air Force as well, but a recruiter helped him decide the Army was the best route for him, Ortiz said.

    With a simple “Stay out of trouble” from his dad, Ortiz finally joined. He chose to go into human resources after speaking with his sister.

    “She said that the human resources would be a better, more translatable skill to have outside of the military,” Ortiz said.

    The Army has provided him and his family opportunities and comfort, he said.

    “I’m grateful to the Army because it helped jumpstart my life for my wife and I, especially getting us in a comfortable mindset to be able to have our second child now. I don’t think any of that would have been possible in the time I have achieved it if I had stayed in the civilian workforce,” Ortiz said.

    To be able to continue his family’s military legacy feels good, Ortiz said.

    “I didn’t expect that I’d be doing it, but it feels right,” Ortiz said.



    Date Taken: 09.21.2022
    Date Posted: 09.21.2022 09:48
    Story ID: 429081

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