The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will host its annual Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The event will be held in the H.O. Clemmons arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Complex.


The event will feature Pine Bluff Arsenal Commander, Col. Luis A. Ortiz, who assumed command of the site July 18, 2018.


A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Ortiz earned a Bachelor of Art degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. He has a Master of Science degree in continuing adult education from Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kan., and a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., according to a news release.


Ortiz enlisted in the Army in 1987 as a chemical operations specialist as a private first class. He was certified as an NBC Reconnaissance Specialist and assigned to the 11th Chemical Company in Nellingen, Germany.


Ortiz deployed in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.


In 2003, Ortiz became an observer/trainer for the Battle Command Training Program and attended intermediate level education at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Ortiz was also assigned to HHB 101st ABN DIV AASLT, where he served as future operations planner, headquarters and headquarters battalion operations officer, and battalion executive officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Fort Campbell, Ky., and Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.


In 2011, Ortiz was assigned to Fort Riley, Kan., to be the 1st Infantry Division Current Operations Officer and deployed in same position to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom XIII.


In 2013, Ortiz became the Commander of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Va.


His awards include Bronze Star (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Unit Commendation and Army Good Conduct Medal (2 award).