markers to guide me," he says.
Quiles credits the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program with giving him the communication and problem-solving skills necessary to overcome unusually difficult challenges every day. These included translating technical information to illiterate contractors, mediating among agencies with conflicting agendas and stewarding millions of taxpayer dollars ... not to mention the challenge of leading Marines in such a complex environment, despite the ever-present danger to his life and to the lives of those around him.
With duties varying from translator to manager to counselor, Quiles most recently played a vital role in developing local governance in the former Taliban stronghold of the Nawa District. He collaborated with inexperienced government officials to foster security and to develop jobs for men and women alike, all while channeling thematic messages of tolerance and integrity to overcome anti-coalition Taliban communications.
In Fallujah, Quiles created work projects and millions of dollars worth of infrastructure rehabilitation to the city's industrial sector, assisting the development of dozens of small factories that employed hundreds of citizens.
Now stateside, Quiles is blazing a new path toward psychiatry, where he hopes to gain the skills to help his fellow servicemen and servicewomen well into the future.
"I see myself starting medical school and then returning to active duty to serve as a mental health specialist," he says, "in anticipation of the great need that will surely come, given our large amount of veterans returning from these difficult deployments."