Sergeant Major Joshua Ortiz-Hartshorn was born and raised in Iowa. He joined the Marine Corps while still in high school and attended recruit training in August 2001 at MCRD San Diego, California. Upon graduation, he attended the School of Infantry (West) for his occupational school where he become a machine gunner. He was assigned to 2D Bn, 3D Mar at MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI. While with 2/3, he deployed once to the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, a second time on a UDP to Okinawa, Japan, and a third time with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) where he visited various countries throughout Southeast Asia.
In December 2004 Corporal Ortiz was promoted to Sergeant and departed 2/3 in January 2005 for Marine Combat Instructor Course, School of Infantry (W). While at SOI, Sergeant Ortiz served as a troop handler with Bravo Company, Infantry Training Battalion, as a machine gun instructor for Headquarters and Instructor Company, and as a squad advisor with the Infantry Machine Gun Leaders Course, Advanced Infantry Training Battalion. Sergeant Ortiz was promoted to Staff Sergeant in January 2008 and received orders to 3D Bn, 7th Mar in February 2008. Staff Sergeant Ortiz served 3/7 as a platoon sergeant in Weapons Company. He deployed with 3/7 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in September 2010.
In May 2011, Gunnery Sergeant Ortiz executed orders to Marine Security Guard School. Upon graduation, he was assigned as the detachment commander in Bamako, Mali and Prague, Czech Republic. In September of 2014 Gunnery Sergeant Ortiz was promoted to First Sergeant and was assigned as Inspector-Instructor First Sergeant, Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group in Folsom, Pennsylvania.
During the summer of 2017 First Sergeant Ortiz transferred to 1st Bn, 4th Mar where he served as Weapons Company First Sergeant. Shortly after arriving with 1/4, he moved over to 2D Bn, 1stMar in order to fill a First Sergeant billet that was gapped and scheduled to deploy to Okinawa. While on deployment, First Sergeant Ortiz was selected to Sergeant Major, and he is currently serving as the III MEF Support Battalion Sergeant Major in Okinawa, Japan. He is accompanied by his wife, Chandler, and their two children, Eliana and Gunner.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Bronze Star (w/ "V"), Navy Commendation Medal (3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), Good Conduct Medal (5th award) and the Combat Action Ribbon.