Montville High grad promoted to brigadier general

Montville — Leopoldo A. Quintas, who graduated from Montville High School, was promoted to brigadier general Friday, Jan. 24.

Quintas is the commandant of the U.S. Army Armor School and 47th Chief of Armor at Fort Benning in Georgia. He graduated from Montville in 1982.

In his remarks at the ceremony, he said, “The event today, this promotion, is not about me, it’s not about individual achievement, because the Army is a team sport. Army generals are not born, they are made. Today is really about the efforts of friends, and family, subordinates, superiors, and peers, everyone who has contributed to the development and successes along the way that have led to this moment.”

Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, served alongside then-Lt. Col. Quintas in South Baghdad in 2005. McMaster said in a statement that Quintas is a “leader of great vision who has innovated to improve the combat effectiveness of our Armor and Cavalry forces’’ and a proven combat leader.

“He led 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, with great vision, determination, courage and compassion. And, Lee recently returned from a one-year combat tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he served as the chief of staff of the 3rd Infantry Division,” McMaster said.

Quintas is also a veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. A 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Quintas has served in his current role since September and is responsible for all facets of Armor training.

He and his wife, Lori, have two children, Sam and Emma.

“I am truly honored to be able to continue on, and pledge to give my utmost for as long as the Army asks me to serve,” Quintas said.


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