Spotlight Sailor – BMC Christopher Ortiz
BMC Christopher Ortiz
Navy Reserve Spotlight Sailor
Boatswain’s Mate, Chief Petty Officer, Selected Reserve
Revenue Protection Supervisor for Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Chief Petty Officer Christopher Ortiz is a member of the “Leaders in the Community” program. This program assigns young people mentors to help them develop necessary skills to become community leaders. They also raise money for scholarships. In addition, he is an active supporter of Employers Supporting Guard and Reserve (ESGR). As a liaison between the ESGR and the Navy Reserve, Ortiz plays a vital role in teaching members of the Navy Reserve the importance of recognizing employers that support demands made on the service member while deployed or activated.
How have you benefited from your service in the Navy Reserve?
The Navy Reserve has benefitted my civilian career, family life and personal well-being. I have applied the leadership training that I received as a reservist to my civilian occupation and it has promoted me to supervisor. I nominated my employer and they were awarded the Department of Defense “Freedom Award” for their support of the reserves. The Navy Reserve has helped me mature as a father and husband because of the demands of service. Military service has taught me to always put the needs of others before mine and that giving is more rewarding than receiving. I received my college degree in 1995 and that was paid by the GI bill. I deployed to Afghanistan after September 11 and received the 9/11 GI bill which I will use to pay for my daughter’s education.
Why did you choose to join the Navy Reserve?
I did not want to fully walk away from the Navy after completing active duty. The Navy Reserve allowed me the opportunity to attend college full-time and enjoy the Navy experience while staying in my hometown.
In my Navy…
We love the United States of America and value each generation that has fought for our freedom. We see the value of investing in our future so that they will be able to stand the watch when duty calls. In my Navy, the core values have been engrained in every part of our life. Honor, Courage and Commitment is the backbone of success and NAVY PRIDE! HOOYAH!