Rosa Ortega is a single mom; she has two sons, 7 and 9. Rosa grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from North Garland High School.
She joined the Marine Corps a month after graduation. Rosa served
for 8 years, 4 active and 4 in the Individual Ready Reserves. She
started her military journey in Parris Island, S.C. After
completing Marine combat training she attended MOS training
school at Camp Devil Dog and Camp LeJeune, N.C. Rosa's
permanent duty station was Camp Pendleton, Calif. Her
primary MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) in the Marines was
3051, warehouse clerk. She was responsible for maintaining and
issuing military equipment from gloves to tents and equipment
worth millions of dollars. As an NCO (non-commissioned officer), she had
a secondary MOS. Her MOS was also the embarkation and haz-mat
NCO. As an embarkation NCO she was in charge of palletizing,
weighing and measuring equipment to get it ready for deployments.
As a haz-mat NCO, Rosa's job was to maintain, handle and log
hazardous material that came across our battalion. Training Marines
in the classroom out in the field as well as holding inspections,
was also part of her job.
Rosa is currently employed by the City of Garland in the
Information Technology Department. She has been part of the COG
family for a bit over 9 years. Rosa joined the Laramore-Osborne post
at the Back to School Bash and this post is proud to have her as a