CAPT Hamlin “Ham” Ortiz-Marty relieved CAPT Thomas P. “Walli” Lalor as Commander Carrier Air Wing Fourteen on January 14th, 2010 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Lemoore.
CAPT Hamlin Ortiz-Marty, a native of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, attended Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology in May 1984. After attending Aviation Officer Candidate School, CAPT Ortiz was designated a Naval Flight Officer and selected for the E-2C Hawkeye. CAPT Ortiz’ initial fleet assignments include tours with VAW-114 and VAW-116 at NAS Miramar. He deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). In January 2001 CAPT Ortiz reported to VAW-112 as Executive Officer and deployed on USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He assumed command of the “Golden Hawks” on 7 April 2002 while the squadron was engaged in combat operations over Afghanistan. Additionally, CAPT Ortiz commanded the “Greyhawks” of VAW 120, the E-2C/C-2A Fleet Replacement Squadron, from February 2005 to October 2006. CAPT Ortiz’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals. He is authorized to wear the Joint Staff Badge. During his career, he has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours and 545 traps. CAPT Ortiz is married to Pamela Lynn Ortiz-Marty and they have three children, Hamlin Jr., Virginia, Antonio.