More than four months after taking over as commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Benning, Col. Leopoldo A. Quintas will be promoted to brigadier general Friday.
Quintas, the 48th chief of armor, receives his star at 3:30 p.m. during a ceremony in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall. He assumed duties at Fort Benning on Sept. 5 after serving as the chief of staff of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., and the Regional Command South, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His nomination to brigadier general came in July before he arrived at Fort Benning.
In 2005, Quintas was a lieutenant colonel in south Baghdad, when he served with Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence.
"Lee is a leader of great vision who has innovated to improve the combat effectiveness of our armor and cavalry forces," McMaster said of Quintas.
As chief of the Armor School, Quintas is responsible for all facets of armor training, including doctrine, policies and responsibilities that relate to the armor force.
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.
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.
Quintas is married to Lori. The couple have two children.
If it rains, the promotion ceremony will be moved inside Marshall Auditorium.