Rear Adm. Quinn is a native of East Rochester, N.Y. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and was designated a naval flight officer in 1980.
He completed operational assignments with the "Knightriders" of Attack Squadron (VA) 52, based in Oak Harbor, Wash.; the "Nighthawks" of VA 185, based in Atsugi, Japan; and the "Fighting Tigers" of VA 65, based in Virginia Beach, Va. He also served as deputy chief of Operations for Commander, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, directing Operation Southern Watch.
His shore tours include instructor duty in the A-6 Intruder Fleet Replacement Squadron; a tour as aide to Commander, Medium Attack Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing Pacific, in-residence education at the Naval War College; joint duty in the Targeting Division of the Atlantic Intelligence Command, and a tour in Navy Personnel Command as director of the Aviation Officer Distribution Division. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and a Master of Science degree in General Management.
In 1993, Quinn was chosen for transition into the EA-6B Prowler Community and commanded Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139, VAQ-129, and Carrier Air Wing 9.
In September 2005, Quinn was promoted to flag rank. He has commanded the Naval Air Training Command, Strike Force Training, Atlantic, and Navy Personnel Command. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star.
Quinn became the 17th commander of the Naval Education and Training Command, Jan. 30, 2012.