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NGA military deputy receives second star

Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, NGA's military deputy, was promoted July 18. Director Letitia A. Long (left) and Quantock's wife, Rebecca, pin on the new rank. Photo by Tony Boone, NGA Office of Corporate Communications.

By Nancy McGillicuddy Rapavi, NGA Office of Corporate Communications

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s military deputy was promoted to major general in a ceremony July 18 at NGA’s Springfield, Virginia, headquarters.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, NGA’s senior military officer, received a second star in an afternoon ceremony while surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.

“This promotion demonstrates our country’s utmost confidence in Maj. Gen. Quantock as a soldier, a leader, an intelligence professional in this challenging and increasingly tough world,” said NGA Director Letitia A. Long, who along with Quantock’s wife, Rebecca, pinned the second star on his dress blue uniform.

In his role at NGA, Quantock advises Long on combat support functions and provides a military perspective to the agency. After his promotion he thanked a long list of family and colleagues that have supported him through his 32 year career, including the troops.

“The American solider, and by extension the American servicemen, has never let me down,” said Quantock. “The troops always delivered what was asked of them so trust me when I tell you, I know who got me here — it was the American soldier.”

Quantock joined NGA in December 2013, following an assignment at the Pentagon where he served as the deputy director for transregional policy. Prior to that, he was chief of the intelligence directorate for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Quantock is a native of Plattsburgh, New York, and received his commission from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1980. The Quantock family has a long tradition of Army service, including his older brother Maj. Gen. David Quantock, who is the provost marshal general of the Army and commanding general of the U.S. Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections Command. The long list of Quantock’s relatives who have served in the Army include his father, the late Earl G. Quantock, a Vietnam veteran who retired as a major, and two nephews currently serving as captains in the Army.

Quantock joked that his family immigrated to the U.S. around 1900 and has been slowly populating the Army ever since.

“Service to country has always been important to the Quantock family,” he said. “And service to country need not be in uniform. One can serve in a variety of capacities and give back.”