Girls in Science & Technology: Meet SPC Natalie Ortiz

Age: 22
Hometown: Rockport, TX
Army Position: Medical Laboratory Specialist (91K)
Location: Fort Bragg, NC
Rank: Specialist


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My dad was in the Army and my mom is German. So they met in Germany and I was born over there, and I lived there for like five years.

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I spent most of my time in Texas. I moved to Corpus Christi my senior year. I spent my senior year in a real small school. I graduated in a class of 150.

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I figured, I'm 18, I need to get out and see some things. So I went straight into the Army. Even though my dad was in the military, I had a lot of preconceived notions about some of the stuff that was going on, but I realize, you know, it can instill some discipline and I gained a sense of patriotism.

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It's not all peaches-and-cream all the time, but it's really been worth my while. I'm really proud of what I do.

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