Major General Blake C. Ortner, Nominated Military Executive/Board Member

Major General Blake C. Ortner recently served as the Commander, 29th Infantry Division, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 29th Infantry Division, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

General Ortner is as 1983 graduate of University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College Class of 2010.

He received a Regular Army commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as an Infantry officer and served on active duty until 1987. In 1989, General Ortner joined the Virginia Army National Guard, serving in numerous assignments during more than 20 years in the 116th Infantry Regiment and 29th Infantry Division to include rifle company commander, battalion operations officer, battalion commander, brigade operations officer, brigade executive officer, brigade deputy commander, brigade commander and division operations officer. In 2001, General Ortner served as the Division Chief of Operations, Multi-National Division – North as part of the 29th Infantry Division support of Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovinian.

General Ortner commanded 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Infantry Regiment and deployed the battalion in 2004 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the first Virginia National Guard infantry battalion to deploy to combat since World War II. In 2007, General Ortner was assigned as the deputy commander of the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as a member of the Multi-National Forces – Iraq Area Support Group and later as the chief of operations for MNF-I. He assumed command of the 116th IBCT in June 2009. In May 2011 the brigade headquarters was mobilized for combat operations in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom where he commanded Combined Team Zabul which included active duty and NATO Romanian infantry battalions. In Novermber 2016 the 29th Infantry Division headquarters was mobilized to establish the first division headquarters for Operation Spartan Shield under Army Central in Kuwait. General Ortner was responsible for 5 brigades of Army Active, Reserve and National Guard brigades with forces in 10 countries including Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

He resides in Stafford and is employed by Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, D.C., as the Deputy Government Relations Director working with Congress to support veterans benefits and healthcare services.


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - BA - International Relations U.S. Army War College - MS - Strategic Studies


  • George C. Marshall Center, Senior Executive Seminar    
  • Army War College (AWC)    
  • Joint & Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) JPME-II
  • EMCW (Enabling Mission Command Workshop)
  • Interim Guard Senior Leader Training (IGSLT)       

2LT (AC) 11 Jun 83
1LT (AC) 25 Nov 84
CPT (AC)                        1 Jun 87
CPT (ARNG) 7 Nov 89
MAJ (ARNG) 5 Aug 98
LTC (ARNG) 7 Aug 03
COL (ARNG) 3 Aug 07
BG (ARNG) 15 Jan 14
MG (ARNG) 7 Dec 16


SUMMARY OF OPERATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS                                            DATE                  GRADE     

Commander, TF SPARTAN, 29th Infantry Division, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait        Dec 16- Jul 17    Major General

Commander, Combined Task Force Zabul, Headquarters                                May 11-Dec 11   Colonel
Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,           
Combined Joint Task Force 10, Qalat, Afghanistan                                            

Chief, Current Operations - Night, Multi-National Force-Iraq Strategic
Operations, Baghdad, Iraq                                                                                 Nov 07-May 08   Colonel                                                                     

Deputy Commander, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Joint Area
Support Group-Central Command, Virginia Army National Guard, Baghdad,
Iraq                                                                                                                     Jul 07 - Nov 07   Colonel                                                                       

Battalion Commander, 3d 116th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Normandy,
Combined Joint Task Force Thunder, Virginia Army National Guard, Forward
Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan                                                                Jul 04 - Jul 05     Lieutenant Colonel

Chief, G-3 Operations, 29th Infantry Division, Multinational Division (North),
Task Force Eagle, NATO Stabilization Force-10, Bosnia-Herzegovina             Aug 01 -May 02  Major


  • Army Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Star Device)
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 Bronze Service Stars)
  • Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, "M" Device, and Numeral 2)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 5)
  • Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon
  • NATO Medal
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Ranger Tab
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge
  • Parachutist Badge

Deputy Government Relations Director for Paralyzed Veterans of America located in Washington, D.C. General Ortner is responsible for Federal legislation and government relations, as well as budget analysis and appropriations, pertaining to veteran's benefits and services provided to veterans. He represents Paralyzed Veterans of America by preparing testimony and testifying to both House and Senate Committees regarding veterans' issues and proposed legislation.


  • Virginia Army National Guard Officer's Association
  • Army War College Alumni Association
  • Association of the United States Army


As of: 16 Jan 2018

Major General Blake C. Ortner

Major General Blake C. Ortner