Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) JoAnn Marie Ortloff joined the Navy November 10, 1982. In January 1983, she completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL, meritoriously advanced to E-2, and received orders to Air Traffic Control (AC) “A” School in Millington, TN.
Her early tours as an Air Traffic Controller included Naval Outlying Landing Field, San Nicholas Island, California, Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California, Fleet Area and Control Surveillance Facility, Hawaii, Naval Outlying Landing Field San Clemente Island, California, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California and Naval Base Coronado.
Aboard the USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) she was the OC Division Leading Chief and Carrier Air Traffic Control Supervisor. After advancing to Senior Chief, she was appointed as a ship’s Section Leader and the Training Department Leading Chief where her team doubled training spaces and classes within the first year.
Selected to the Command Master Chief program in 2003, she first served as Command Master Chief, USS MILIUS (DDG 69) February 2004-January 2007. After a successful WESTPAC deployment in 2005 and several Fleet wide recognition events, she accepted orders to U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam in June 2007. During this tour, her team earned numerous command awards and she joined leadership in the development of the WESTPAC Medical Alliance between Naval Hospitals Guam, Yokosuka and Okinawa Japan, expanding critical healthcare capabilities in the Pacific.
She served as Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, Command Master Chief in August 2009, and completed her 33 year naval career as the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Fleet Master Chief from May 2012 and served here until April 2015.
Her senior leader engagements included RIMPAC ’10; linking various nations senior enlisted leaders by bridging communications and exercise relationships, assisted Sailors in preparation for overseas deployments and return, co-designed the Fleet CPO Training, led the evolution of the enlisted advancement final multiple score, provided the early research for the Navy’s current bystander intervention training and established a progressive leadership training program to African and European Partner Nation Navies that enhanced at sea capabilities and NATO opportunities.
She was recognized in 2000 with the Captain Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award and a is graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 100 “Blue”) in 2002, Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in 2004 (Class 5), KEYSTONE Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in July 2008 and the Executive Medical Department Enlisted Course in March 2009.
Her personal awards include: Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), Good Conduct Medal (9 awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various campaign/service ribbons. She joined the retired ranks on 1 July 2015 and now focuses on volunteering for a variety of organizations that benefit those still serving.