Fort Benning armor chief leaving for Fort Bliss, Texas

benw@ledger-enquirer.comApril 18, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI Brigidier General promotion ceremonies for Col. (P) Leopoldo Quintas, commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School and Chief of Armor, are held Friday at McGinnis-Wickham Hall, the headquarters for the Maneuver Center of Excellence. 01.24.14


Almost three months after his promotion to brigadier general and just seven months after arriving at Fort Benning to lead the U.S. Armor School, Brig. Gen. Leopoldo A. Quintas has been reassigned to Fort Bliss, Texas.

In his new position, Quintas will be the deputy commanding general of the 1st Armored Division, a post public affairs spokeswoman said Friday.

The 48th chief of the Armor School and commandant has served at Fort Benning since Sept. 5. Quintas is responsible for all facets of armor training, including doctrine, policies and responsibilities that relate to the armor force. No date for his departure has been announced and the name of his successor has not been released.

Shortly after his star was pinned on his shoulders by his wife, Lori, and Lt. Gen. Robert "Abe" Abrams in January, Quintas said the couple endured more than 18 moves during his career.

Quintas is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he was commissioned as an armor officer. Some of his previous command assignments include Delta Company and Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor from 1991-1995. He led a Task Force of the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment from 2003-2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III and the 16th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox, Ky., from 2008-2010.

Quintas was a lieutenant colonel in south Baghdad, when he served in 2005 with Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence. He returned to the Military Academy to serve as an instructor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 1995-1998.

Among his awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars including one with "V" device, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Quintas also earned a master's degree in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Military training includes Airborne School, the Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.

He and his wife have two children who are in college.

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