Captain Quin received his commission in 1991 through the NROTC program at Northwestern University, where he earned a bachelor’s of arts degree (with honors) in history. He earned a masters of arts degree (with distinction) in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2007. He has commanded the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101), amphibious transport dock ships USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS Somerset (LPD 25), and the amphibious assault carrier USS Essex (LHD 2). Currently, Captain Quin serves as Chief of Staff, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE.
Afloat, Captain Quin also served in a variety of division officer billets in USS Callaghan (DDG 994), as fire control officer in USS Lake Erie (CG 70), as weapons and combat systems department head in USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), and as executive officer in USS Essex, USS Shiloh (CG 67), and USS Cape St George (CG 71). He has deployed to the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea. He participated in mid-1990’s United Nations sanctions enforcement in the Arabian Gulf, the opening stages of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in 2001, and Operation Unified Assistance, the 2004-2005 tsunami relief effort in Indonesia. In command, he deployed in support of OEF and again in support of 7th Fleet theater security cooperation (TSC) objectives and other designated missions. He also supported 4th Fleet TSC objectives during Anchorage’s transit from builder’s yard to homeport.
Ashore, Captain Quin served as maritime homeland defense officer in the operations directorate (J-3) of the Joint Staff, as deputy executive assistant and flag aide to Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, and as combat systems officer (N65) for Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also participated in the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff intern program and served in the Joint Staff’s systems integration division (J-6V).
Captain Quin’s awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with three bronze stars), the Expert Rifle Medal, the Expert Pistol Medal, and various other personal and unit decorations.