|Captain Humberto L. Quintanilla II
Captain Humberto L. Quintanilla II was born in San Antonio, Texas, and enlisted in the Navy in 1978. His duties as a Machinist Mate were performed aboard USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98), in the U.S. 2nd and 6th Fleets, prior to entering the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1983. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science adn 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), adn in Management from Webster University. He has completed executive education throught the National Security Management Program at The George Washington University and the Navy Corporate Buisiness Course n Monterey, California.
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 aboard USS FRANCIS HAMMOND (FF 1067); Operations Officer aboard 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 in Newport, Rhode Island; and Chief of Staff for Commander, Task Force 76/Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN in Okinawa, Japan.
Significant achievements throughout his career have included: Atlantic Fleet battle group logistics support operations above the Arctic Circle; circumnavigation of the globe as Navigator aboard 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 aboard 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 aboard 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 Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), and other personal and unit awards. He received the National Image, Inc. “Hispanic Naval Officer of the Year” Award in 1999. His hobbies include hiking, biking and reading, military history, railroad lore, and constructing N-scale railroad dioramas.
Captain Quintanilla currently serves as the Deputy Commander for Commander, Amphibious Squadron SEVEN.