Challenge Warrior – Pete Quintanilla


pete-quintanilla-sfuos Staff Sergeant Peter Quintanilla was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He enlisted in the Army in 1989, completed Basic training and his advanced individual training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Skill (MOS) Identifier 11B.  Upon graduation, he reported to the US Army’s Airborne School, where he earned his jump wings.  Graduating from airborne school, he was met by the cadre from the 75th Ranger Regiments:  Ranger Indoctrination Program, where he spent the next five weeks proving both mentally and physically that he was able to join the ranks of the men in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Upon completion of RIP, Peter was assigned to Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Washington.

On November 9, 1997 during a live fire training exercise in the jungles of Panama, Peter was struck in the left ankle by a single round from a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW).  He was medevac’d to Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, where he spent the next year rehabilitating and eventually undergoing an ankle fusion on his left ankle.  During this time he served as the Force Modernization NCO at his unit, where he tested and procured clothing and equipment for the Ranger Regiment, and assisted with tests wit6hin the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

pete-quintanilla-nowAfter medically retiring from the Army in January 2000, Pete attended the University of Hawaii as an architectural major.  Pulling from his experience in the Special Operations community, and ties to clothing and manufacturing companies; Peter ventured into the business world helping to start-up an outdoor clothing and equipment company.  As the company’s Vice President, he restructured 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, Peter elected to undergo a below-the-knee amputation.

Since that time Peter has become a team member of the Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Bionic Warrior’s team, has run and successfully completed the Army 10-miler in Washington, D.C. and now works for the Care Coalition at USSOCOM, taking care of wounded service members that are assigned to USSOCOM.

Pete was introduced to the CWVC through the Care Coalition at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida in 2012.


Challenges Pete has participated in:

Mountaineering Challenge training, Alaska Range – 2012
SCUBA Challenge – 2012
Kilimanjaro Mountaineering Challenge – 2013
Grand Canyon Challenge – 2013
Alaska Mountaineering Challenge – 2013
SCUBA Challenge – 2013
Nordic Cross Country Skiing Challenge – 2014
Mountaineering Challenge training – 2014
Alaska Mountaineering Challenge – 2014 (in preparation for the 2015 Aconcagua Argentina Summit Challenge in February)