Retired Brigadier General and Latin America Specialist Clarke “Pete” Brintnall died peacefully on September 16, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in Omaha, Nebraska he attended Wentworth Military Academy and the University of Nebraska before graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1958. He began his career as a communications officer, transferring later to military intelligence. In his early assignments, he was a signal company executive officer in Germany and led a communications team in Iran. In Vietnam, he commanded the military intelligence company of the 1st Air Cavalry Division.
As a Latin American Affairs Specialist, he spent much of his career in the region serving 3 tours in Brazil at the American Embassy and one in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1988 after serving as the Director of the Inter-American Region and acting as Deputy Assistant of Defense for Inter-American Affairs. Following his retirement, he became the National Security Director for Latin American Affairs. He served as the National Security Council under President Ronald Reagan. He served as Defense Intelligence Agency Deputy Director for the
Attache’s and Operations where he managed the Military Service Attache’s and their staff in 96 American Embassies throughout the world. After government service, he served as a consultant to Brazilian and American firms on security and healthcare issues. He was also a consultant to Harvard Medical International during its evaluation of Sao Paolo’s public sector health reform program covering 5 million of the city’s poorest residents. Pete and three of his West Point classmates, founded the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program (WWMP) in 2004 which provides soldiers, severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, with combat veteran mentoring. He played a major role in securing medical care for all military retirees. Pete, and co-author General Alan Salisbury, organized the support of several West Pointers to petition Senator John Warner, as the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, to support the Tricare-for-Life bill. Thanks to the support of 23 general and flagged officers as well as Senator Warner, Tricare-for-Life was signed into law. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Janice, devoted daughter, Julie Brintnall-Karabelas.
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