|CAPT Humberto L. Quintanilla II
Commander (February 2010 - February 2012)
Captain Humberto L. Quintanilla II, USN, is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and enlisted in the Navy in 1978. His enlisted duties as a Machinist Mate were performed in USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98), in 2nd and 6th Fleets, prior to entering the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1983. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received his commission through Officer Candidate School. He has been conferred Master’s degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval Command and Staff College (recipient of the B. Franklin Reinauer Defense Economics Research Prize), and in Management from Webster University. He has completed advanced training in corporate business performance, national security management, and maritime staff operations.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS MOUNT HOOD (AE 29) where he served as the Replenishment at Sea Equipment Division Officer and Navigator. Subsequent tours of duty included: Assistant Inspector General for Military Sealift Command, Pacific; Operations Officer in USS FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF 1067); Operations Officer in USS WHITE PLAINS (AFS 4) in Agana, Guam; Surface Tactics Officer at Mine Countermeasures Squadron TWO; Flag Secretary at Mine Warfare Command; Commanding Officer of Mine Countermeasures Rotational Crew DELTA (Command of USS WARRIOR: Ingleside, TX and USS DEXTROUS: Bahrain); Sealift Mobility Analysis Team Chief at U.S. Transportation Command; Commanding Officer of USS HARPERS FERRY (LSD 49) in Sasebo, Japan; Executive Officer and Director of Fleet and International Training (N72) at Surface Warfare Officers School, Chief of Staff for Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN in Okinawa, Japan, and Deputy Commander of Amphibious Squadron SEVEN.
Significant achievements throughout his career have included: Atlantic Fleet battle group logistics support operations above the Arctic Circle; circumnavigation of the globe as Navigator in USS MOUNT HOOD; Enlisted Personnel Volunteer Earthquake Response Coordinator for Military Sealift Command, Pacific (San Francisco Bay Area) in the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake; Caribbean Counter Narcotics Operations while in USS FRANCIS HAMMOND; Afloat Logistics Coordinator for the 26 ship multi-national battle force in support of operations Southern Watch (Arabian Gulf) and Restore Hope (Somalia); and Volunteer Coordinator for post-typhoon Omar, Gay, Brian, and Hunt cleanup operations (Agana, Guam) while in USS WHITE PLAINS. While assigned to USTRANSCOM, he served as a member of the Crisis Action Team in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and NOBLE EAGLE. While in command of USS HARPERS FERRY, the ship completed highly successful deployments in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT 2003) and Operation Iraqi Freedom – Oil Terminal Defense (Kwhar al Amaya and Al Basrah, 2004-2005).
During his career, Captain Quintanilla has been awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), and other personal and unit awards. He received the National Image, Inc. “Hispanic Naval Officer of the Year” Award in 1999.
CAPT. Quintanilla served as Commander, Amphibious Squadron FIVE in San Diego, California.