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I'm a private in the NCR army, and I've been proudly serving for two years now.

Private Ortega is a Californian soldier guarding the NCR sharecropper farms in 2281.


A trooper serving in the NCR Army since 2279, Private Ortega ensures the safety of the farms. Mostly, this means patrolling and taking potshots at molerats.[1] She is thankful for the posting regardless, as it's safe, compared to eg. the Fiends containment operation.[2]

Like her superior, Lt. Romanowski, she believes any complaints by the sharecroppers are the result of incompetence, rather than genuine lack of resources.[3]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.

Other interactions



  • After talking to her, she abandons her post at the gate and can be seen patrolling the area.

Notable quotes


Private Ortega appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.


  1. The Courier: "What do you do around here?"
    Ortega: "I'm a private in the NCR army, and I've been proudly serving for two years now. Although, if you were asking what I'm doing right this instant, I'm patrolling the farms. It's a safe post, but a little boring. I do get to take shots at marauding Molerats once in awhile, and that's always fun."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Are there more dangerous posts?"
    Ortega: "Oh, you'd better believe it. I feel sorry for the troops who are charged with keeping the Fiends from overrunning everything. The Fiends are scary because they're unpredictable. One day, they'll be taking potshots at you and then running off before you can shoot back. And the next day, they'll come rushing at you pumped full of drugs and not stopping until you or they are dead."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Courier: "Tell me about the farms."
    Ortega: "It's NCR-owned farmland. It produces a lot of the crops that supply McCarran and the Dam. The farmers are all civilians, though. They work the farms, and in return they get a safe place to stay and clean food and water. Some of 'em aren't all that grateful, though."
    The Courier: "Who's ungrateful?"
    Ortega: "I shouldn't have brought it up. It's not my place to spread gossip."
    The Courier: "Anything you tell me stays with me."
    Ortega: "[SUCCEEDED] All right. Some of the farmers, especially Trent Bascom, claim the NCR isn't giving them the water they need to meet their crop quotas. Personally, I think they're just incompetent and making excuses. The NCR ought to send them all crying back to California."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  4. The Courier: "What do you do around here?"
    Ortega: "Same as you, I'd imagine? Although, I'm assigned to watch over these farms and keep out trespassers. I do get to take shots at Molerats once in awhile, so that's always fun."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  5. The Courier: "I'm looking for work."
    Ortega: "Well, I know Major Dhatri is offering bounties on some of the Fiends - that's the gang that controls the southeast part of the city. You can find the major at the camp just outside of the old airport."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  6. The Courier: "I'm looking for work."
    Ortega: "Not sure how to help you with that one. Major Dhatri was offering bounties on some of the Fiends, but I hear someone took care of that recently."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  7. The Courier: "I need a doctor."
    Ortega: "There's the medic at Camp McCarran, but I've also heard there's a civilian doctor in the northeast part of New Vegas. I don't know for sure."
    (Ortega's dialogue)
  8. The Courier: "I'm looking to buy and sell things."
    Ortega: "The Crimson Caravan Company is north of here. They have just about everything you need. But, if you're in the market for guns, go see the Gun Runners. They're expensive, but they have stuff no one else carries."
    (Ortega's dialogue)