US Army Quartermaster Corps


The Quartermaster Hall of Fame award is the highest form of recognition the Corps offers. This much coveted award honors individuals who are judged to have made the most significant contributions to the overall history and traditions of the Quartermaster Corps.

CW5 Karen Lovell Ortiz
Class of 2014

As Director of the Quartermaster Warrant Officer Training Division, United States Army Quartermaster School, CW5 Ortiz evaluated all training for both the Warrant Officer Basic and Advanced Courses in Five Quartermaster Specialties.  She developed and wrote Program of Instructions to ensure real and relevant training.  CW5 Ortiz served as the subject matter expert for logistical issues at the Quartermaster School on matters related to researching reviewing, and interpreting logistics also the advisor to the Quartermaster General on supply policies and procedures.  She also performed off sight visits to units throughout Afghanistan to provide training to Sailors and Airmen (joint) that were working with the Army on Supply Distribution Management.  

While assigned to 21st Cavalry, CW5 Ortiz managed a budget of over 20 million dollars in aviation repair parts for the Apache Helicopter.  She managed the mobility for deployment of units in support of multiple training and real world deployments to ensure equipment departed and arrived at the proper location with no loss.  CW5 Ortiz was responsible for the reception, staging, training, and deployment of OH-58D Kiowa and the AH-64D Apache Longbow Battalions.  She was the overseer of the Brigade Command Supply Discipline Review Program and performed evaluations on all battalions are required.

As the Senior Supply Systems Technician, CW5 Ortiz managed all of the classes of supply that supported the 45th Corps Support Group.  She provided technical expertise and guidance on the management of over 5 million dollars worth of Authorized Stockage List parts-and maintained visibility at all times.  CW5 Ortiz was responsible for developing and implementing effective training programs for all supporting units.  She also provided Command Supply Discipline policies and performed Command Supply Discipline Inspections.  CW5 Ortiz worked with the maintenance Officer in providing support to the 45th Corps Support Group and backup support on training exercises to the 25th Infantry Division.  

CW5 Ortiz was responsible for Class III, IIIP, IV, and VII supply operations and Supply Point 52.  The largest non-divisional SSA supporting over 75 units within a 700 square mile area.  Managed and supervised over 40 US Soldiers and 21 Korean National employees.  Managed an Authorized Stockage List of over 2,000 lines and valued at 1.5 million dollars.  Maintained automated computer files for audits and inspection winning numerous supply awards.

Responsible for ensuring local purchase requests were valid and processed for 2 Divisions and five Non-Divisional supply support activities.  CW5 Ortiz was the liaison between the Directorate of Contracting customer units and the Defense Accounting Office.  Checked and validated requisitions for class VII.  CW5 Ortiz reduced processing time down to two days.  Assigned also as the Battalion Drug and Alcohol Officer and received commendable rating during the annual Command Supply Inspection Program evaluation.  CW5 Ortiz deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm as the Supply Technician for Troop Support Division setting up and issuing supplies from logistical base.