Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Maria Soto, 38, originally from Florence, S.C., died early Jan. 2, 2021 at John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell from complications related to COVID-19.
Soto served honorably in the Army for more than 20 years, beginning as an armorer at the 95th Military Police Battalion from 2001-2004 in Mannheim, Germany. She served in a variety of positions in units at Fort Lee, Fort Jackson and Fort Drum during her career. Soto also had two combat deployments to Iraq (2004-2005) and Afghanistan (2011-2012).
She last served as an Advanced Individual Training Instructor with Alpha Co., 244th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Lee, teaching the Unit Supply Specialist (92Y) Military Occupational Specialty. She had been assigned to Fort Lee since September, 2017.
Soto earned the following awards and decorations: the Army Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Achievement Medal (five awards), Army Good Conduct Medal (six awards), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (two awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (two awards), the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.
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