Fleet Master Chief (AW/SW) JoAnn Marie Ortloff joined the Navy in 1982. After she completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, FL, and meritoriously advanced to E-2, she continued 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.
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 she accepted orders to U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam in June 2007, then served as Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet, Command Master Chief 2009-2012. She completed her 33-year naval career as the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Fleet Master Chief from May 2012 April 2015.
Her senior leader engagements included linking senior enlisted leaders from various naval communities, bridging communications and enhancing engagement in maritime exercises. She assisted in policies that better prepared Sailors for overseas deployments and return, co-designed the Fleet CPO Training initiative, 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 encouraged further at sea capabilities and NATO opportunities.
She was recognized in 2000 with the Captain Joy Bright Hancock Leadership Award and is a 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, the Executive Medical Department Enlisted Course in March 2009 and is a Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Fleet Ortloff retired in 2015 and now volunteers for organizations that benefit those still serving, including President of the Enlisted Leadership Foundation, an Ambassador for the Women in Military Services Museum for America (WIMSA), and member of the Defense Advisory Committee On Women In The Services (DACOWITS).
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 and her husband Rich have been married 34 years.