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

Perceptions

Photo of Specialist Natalie Ortiz and her family

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.

Photo of horses

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.

Photo of Specialist Natalie Ortiz

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.

Photo of a family

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.

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web