Manuel Ortiz, Jr. attended Arnett Elementary School, Alderson Junior High School and Estacado High School. He graduated from Estacado in 1970. While a student at Estacado High School, General Ortiz served as an officer in the Spanish Club.
General Ortiz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1979, a Master of Public Administration from Midwestern State University in 2000 and a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U. S. Army War College in 2003.
Manuel Ortiz enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 1974 after serving four years of active duty. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant through the Texas Army National Guard Officer Candidate School in 1980. He was promoted to First Lieutenant (1983), Captain (1985), Major (1992), Lieutenant Colonel (1997), Colonel (2002) and Brigadier General (2007). During his service, General Ortiz has received several commendation medals and service ribbons. He currently serves as the Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston. He also serves as the Assistant Adjunct General – Army, Texas National Guard. General Ortiz is a member of the Association of the United States Army and the National Guard Association of Texas. He and his wife Ninfa have two children, Olga Olivia and Victor Manuel.
Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army South, Fort Sam Houston | Assistant Adjunct General – Army, Texas National Guard | 1970 Graduate | Attended Texas Tech University, Midwestern State University, and U.S. War College.