Fort Benning

On Friday, Fort Benning sends off departing armor chief

Almost a year after arriving at Fort Benning, Brig. Gen. Leopoldo A. Quintas is leaving the post for an assignment at Fort Bliss, Texas.

A farewell ceremony for Quintas is set for 3:30 p.m. Friday in Derby Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, a post public affairs spokesman said.

Quintas assumed duties in September as the 48th chief of the U.S. Armor School and commandant. He has been reassigned as the deputy commanding general of the 1st Armored Division.

Quintas is switching jobs with his successor, Brig. Gen. Dennis S. McKean, who has been named the 49th chief of the Armor School.

McKean is now serving as deputy commander for the 1st Armored Division at the post in Texas. He is not expected to arrive at Fort Benning until early August.

McKean was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1990. His early assignments included tank platoon leader and company executive officer in the 3rd Battalion, 73rd Armor Regiment and operations officer for the 28th Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance Company at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He also has served as a training officer at Camp Red Cloud, Korea, tank company commander and headquarters company commander for 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment at Fort Stewart, Ga., and a doctrine writer at the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Ky., before it moved to Fort Benning.

He has four deployments to Iraq, including 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. During the assignments, he served as an executive officer with the 4th Infantry Division and commander of the 66th Armor Regiment, known as the "Oldest Tank Battalion." His final deployment to Iraq was with the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in 2011.

Before his assignment at Fort Bliss, McKean served as executive officer to the commanding general United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul.

Some of his awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab and others.

His military education includes the Armor Basic Officer's Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.