Fort Drum Public Affairs Office
A 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, La., died Monday in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.
Spc. Omar Soltero, 28, of San Antonio, was an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Soltero joined the active-duty U.S. Army in August 2000. He joined the New York Army National Guard in August 2003 and then the Texas National Guard in December 2004, where he remained until February 2010 when he rejoined active-duty service.
His previous duty assignments include Fort Drum; Camp Bullis, Texas; Camp Mabry, Texas; and Fort Benning, Ga. He arrived at Fort Polk, La., in April 2010. Soltero had previously deployed twice to Kosovo.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge Air Assault Badge and Ranger Tab.
Soltero is survived by his child, mother and father.