Pete Quintanilla is a US Army veteran who medically retired while serving in the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Pete was seriously injured during a live fire training exercise in the Republic of Panama, luckily struck by a single round from an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) burst to his left ankle. He was medevaced out of country to Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft Sam Huston in Texas, where in spent the next year rehabilitating.
For the next two years, he worked as the Force Modernization Non Commission Officer, where he assisted in the testing and procurement of clothing and equipment for the 75th Ranger Regiment and Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).
After medically retiring from the Army in 2000, Pete attended the University of Hawaii as an architectural major. However, after the attacks on 9/11 and his wife still on active duty, Pete was pulled back into the outdoor clothing and equipment business; with his ties to clothing and manufacturing companies from his experience in the Special Operations community, Peter was recruited to spearheading the transformation of a newly acquired outdoor clothing and equipment reseller. As the company’s vice president, he restructuring the old company, changed the image and rebranded the company to ensure stable and profitable growth aimed at directly helping service members, government officials and civilian contractors in the Global War on Terrorism.
In July 2004, after years of ankle problems and high doses of pain medications, Pete elected to undergo a below-the-knee amputation at Harborview Medically Center in Seattle, Washington. Since the time that Peter has become very active in extreme physical activities to prove not only of himself–but to other service members with amputations that they can still achieve great endeavors. In 2009 Pete began venturing out climbing mountains and working with injured service members across the country as a mentor. 2011 he began working for U.S Special Operations Command (USSCOM) Care Coalition as an Recovery Care Coordinator and advocate; taking care of wounded, ill or injured service members that are assigned to the United States Special Operations Command. Pete’s outdoor adventures was noticed by a group that was attempting to climb the seven highest peaks on each continent-the “Seven Summits” and in 2011 he joined the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge team; as a team member he signed on to be tested and evaluated in different research and case studies for prosthetics in austere environment during their seven summits bid.
After 5 years with the USSOCOM Care Coalition, Pete decided to focus on working with veterans and making a difference in their lives. Volunteering at first and serving as the Vice Chairman Board of Directors at the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Pete would next move on as Director of Operations for the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge.
Pete current lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest where you can usually find him with his son and daughter (or anyone willing too) wander with a purpose around the Puget Sound area or up high on Mt Rainier
Pete’s participating in research, case studies and mentorship events has taken him across the United States, South America, Africa and into Europe. His challenges and mentorship accomplishments to date:
- Warrior Games; Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Bionic Warrior’s team; Olympic training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
- Army 10 Miler in Washington DC–2011 to 2014
- Numerous multi-day mountaineer evaluations and training across Denali National Park, Alaska–201 to 2015
- Numerous SCUBA diving research evaluations and new mentorship with new divers Key West, Florida–201to 2015
- Mt Kilimanjaro Mountaineering Challenge; Tanzania, Africa –2013 (Explorers Club Flag Expedition. Flag #93)
- Grand Canyon Challenge – 2013
- Nordic Cross Country Skiing Challenge; Boundary Waters Canoe area wilderness, Duluth, MN – 2014
- Mountaineering Challenge training, Sheldon House, Ruth Glaicer, Denali National Park, Alaska – 2014
- Alaska Mountaineering Challenge, 13 Day North to South Trek, Denali National Park, Alaska – 2014
- Aconcagua Mountaineering Challenge, Argentina; Mendoza Province, Argentina-2015
- Grand Canyon North to South Rim, Operation Canyon Rising, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ–2016
- Allied Forces Foundation, Cataran Yomp; Bronze Medal–2015 & 2016