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Command Group

Battalion Commander
LTC Enrique Ortiz JR. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ortiz earned his commission in 1992 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science and a Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety and Management from ERAU. His professional military education includes: Command and Staff General College, Joint Medical Planners Course, Aviation Advance Course, UH60 Instructor Pilot Course, Maintenance Test Pilot Course, Army Aviation Safety Officers Course, and the Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course.

Lieutenant Colonel Ortiz’s previous assignments include: Executive Officer, 65th Medical Brigade, Yongsan, Korea; Deputy Commander, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Humphreys, Korea; G-3/5/7 Operations Officer, Department of the Army G-3/5/7 Aviation, the Pentagon; Joint Medical Officer, J-4, Joint Staff, the Pentagon; Commander, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade (GSAB); Chief Flight Systems Branch, United States Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort Rucker; Executive Officer/Operations Officer, 82nd Medical Company in Fort Riley, Kansas; Maintenance Platoon Leader, 159th Medical Company, Wiesbaden, Germany; and Maintenance Platoon Leader, 57th Medical Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

 Lieutenant Colonel Ortiz’s operational deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Desert Spring, Saudi Arabia; Task Force Hawk/Falcon, Kosovo; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; and Task Force Vulcan, El Salvador. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ortiz’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; United Nations Medal; NATO Medal; Army Achievement Medal (with Second Oak Leaf Cluster).  He is authorized the Army Staff and Joint Staff badge.  He is a Master Aviator, and has the Expert Field Medical Badge, Airborne and Air Assault badges.  He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Order of Saint Michaels (Bronze Award), and has been awarded the Republic of Korea Master Aviator Badge of Honor.


Command Sergeant Major
CSM Patrick R. McGuire

CSM McGuire enlisted in the United States Army on 1 February 1983. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, SC and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, VA.

During his 24 years of service, CSM McGuire has been awarded two different MOS's and held every position from AH-1 crew chief through Operations Sergeant Major. His assignments include two tours in Korea, one tour at Fort Eustis, VA, one tour in Egypt, and three tours at Fort Campbell, KY totaling nearly 15 years, including service during Operation Enduring Freedom I, Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07.

His many accomplishments during his career include his selection as a member of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, distinquished graduate of his Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), and Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course (ANCOC). He is a recent graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class #57. CSM McGuire is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (8OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Senior Crewmember's Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.