COL Oscar H. Pintado was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico where he attended the University of Puerto Rico ROTC. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a BA in Business and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Armor in 1995. COL Pintado also holds a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University and another in Strategic Studies from the Army Senior Service College.
His military assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, 1-37th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division (later reflagged to 1-63rd Armor, 1st Infantry Division), Vilseck, Germany; Scout Platoon Leader and later Troop Executive Officer, 3rd Squadron 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, LA; Troop Commander, 1st Squadron, 16thh Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, KY; Cavalry O/C Team Chief, 1st Battalion, 351st Infantry Regiment, Camp Blanding, FL; Small Group Instructor and later Aide-de-Camp for the Chief of Armor, Fort Knox, KY; Military Transition Team Chief and Battalion Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, and later Brigade executive Officer, 1st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (AA) Division, Fort Campbell, KY; Corps Operations Officer (G3) Executive Officer, III Corps, Squadron Commander, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and later Division Operations Officer (ACoS, G3), First Army Division West, Fort Hood, TX. His deployments include Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt.
His military schooling includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Captain’s Career Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Cavalry Leaders Course, Battalion Motor Officer Course, Ranger School, Intermediate Level Education, and Senior Service College.
COL Pintado’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, five Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, and six Army Achievement Medals among other service awards; the Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
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