Rear Adm. Quinn is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His operational tours included service as a division officer and operations department head for USS Racine (LST 1191), combat systems officer for USS O’Brien (DD 975), combat systems officer for USS Chandler (DDG 996), executive officer for USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), commanding officer for USS Barry (DDG 52), commander, Destroyer Squadron 28, commander, Task Force 73/Logistics Group Western Pacific, commander, Carrier Strike Group Three, and commander, John C. Stennis Strike Group.
Quinn is a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a master's degree in information science. He also attended the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School, graduating first in his class and receiving the City of Newport and Navy League Award. He completed his Joint service education at the Armed Forces Staff College.
Assignments ashore have included service as aide to commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific Fleet; as head of the Contingency Cell and Strike Leader Attack Training Syllabus (SLATS) instructor at the Naval Strike Warfare Center; as senior member of the CINC's Initiatives Team on the special staff of the commander in chief, U.S. Transportation Command; as branch head for Land Attack Warfare (N864) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff; as executive assistant to commander, Atlantic Fleet/commander, Fleet Forces Command; and as commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
Quinn assumed command of USS Barry (DDG 52) in December 1995. Under his command, Barry received the Battenberg Cup as the best overall ship, aircraft carrier, or submarine in the Atlantic Fleet (#1 of 177 operational units); the Arizona Memorial Trophy for best combat readiness; the Fleet-wide Golden Anchor Award for the best retention and people programs; and the CNO Safety Award. Barry is the only ship ever to win all these awards in the same year.
Quinn assumed command of Destroyer Squadron 28 in May 2000. During this tour, he deployed to the Mediterranean and served as commander, Task Force 60 (CTF 60). As CTF 60 he led a Joint Task Force to interdict terrorist associated shipping throughout the Mediterranean.
Quinn assumed command of Task Force 73 and Logistics Group Western Pacific in November 2003. During this tour, he led the Navy’s logistics efforts in support of Asian tsunami disaster relief, and was responsible for the hospital ship Mercy Task Group during its humanitarian assistance missions throughout Southeast Asia.
Quinn assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Three and John C. Stennis Strike Group in November 2005. During this tour, he led the Strike Group on an eight month deployment to the Middle East, conducting operations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and commanding Task Force 50 and Coalition Task Force 152.
Quinn assumed command of the Naval Surface Force Atlantic in February 2008, responsible for the 27,000 Sailors and 82 surface warships in the Atlantic Fleet. He also served as the chief readiness officer of the Surface Warfare Enterprise, responsible for the overall readiness of every surface ship in the U.S. Navy.
Quinn's awards include the Legion of Merit (six), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three), the Navy Commendation Medal (two), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit decorations. He is also a recipient of the CINCPACFLT Shiphandler of the Year Award.