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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Omar Soltero was a 28-year-old San Antonio native assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division’s Task Force Warrior, when he was killed during an improvised explosive device attack while patrolling the Tangi area of Wardak Province Jan. 31. During his deployment to Afghanistan, Soltero was a sniper working out of Combat Outpost Tangi under the operational control of TF Warrior’s Co. C. (Courtesy Photo)LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A Task Force Patriot Soldier from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Polk, La., died as the result of an enemy attack in Wardak Province Jan 31.

U.S. Army Spc. Omar Soltero was a 28-year-old San Antonio native assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment’s Task Force Warrior, when he died during an improvised explosive device attack while on a dismounted patrol in the Tangi area. Soltero was working out of Combat Outpost Tangi under the operational control of Co. C, 2nd Bn., 4th. Inf., while deployed in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. John Mickle, first sergeant for TF Warrior’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company from Newton, Iowa, called Soltero “an inspiring young Soldier with the ability to accomplish any mission tasked.” He said Soltero was “always in the front (and) always ready.”

Mickle cited Soltero as an example for all Soldiers to follow. “His unique smile, and kindness toward all he knew, will be missed by all Task Force Warriors. (He was) a great Soldier and (an) even better friend.”

Soltero’s San Antonio family knows better than anyone how right Mickle was when he said Soltero was always ready. Soltero’s father, Gustavo, and his younger brother, Adrian, both told hometown media representatives in San Antonio Soltero wanted to join the Army and serve his country since he was a boy.

“From when he was a little kid, he said when he turned 18 he wanted to join. He wanted to fight the bad guys,” Gustavo Soltero told John W. Gonzalez of the San Antonio Express News, Feb. 1. “He loved his country.”

"He was a hero," said Adrian Soltero, as KENS Channel 5’s Karen Grace reported in San Antonio, Feb. 1. "He did what he had to do to serve his country."

Sgt. James King, a Pawling, N.Y., native and sniper team leader for HHC, 2nd Bn., 4th Inf., OPCON to Co. C, said it is not an easy mission for him to put into words the impact Soltero had on his team. However, King’s poignant accounting of Soltero and his significance proves both he and Soltero were capable of “soldiering up” when faced with a tough task in a combat zone during a time of war.

"I can say simply that he was a great man to have watching your back and a true example of what it means to be a soldier."

Soltero’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart; Army Achievement Medal, with four Oak Leaf Clusters; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal, with Bronze Service Star; Afghan Campaign Medal, with Star Device; Kosovo Campaign Medal, with Bronze Service Star; Global War on Terror Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, with Numeral 2; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon, with two Bronze Service Stars; Armed Forces Reserve Medal, with Mobilization Device; NATO Medal, with two Bronze Service Stars; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Parachutist Badge; and Air Assault Badge.


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