Dollarway High School will conduct its annual 9/11 Patriot’s Day ceremony at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.
The keynote speaker will be the Pine Bluff Arsenal Commander, Col. Luis A. Ortiz. This event is open to the public, according to a news release.
Ortiz assumed command of the Arsenal on July 18, replacing Col. Kelso C. Horne III, according to a previous article in The Commercial.
A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Ortiz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kan., a Master of Science degree in continuing adult education from Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kan., as well as a M.S. degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Ortiz enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987 as a chemical operations specialist as a private first class. He was certified as an NBC Reconnaissance Specialist and was assigned to the 11th Chemical Company in Nellingen, Germany. He deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Upon his return, he was assigned to 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. He attended Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as Battalion Chemical Officer (1/321 FAR).