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Col. Michelle K. Donahue, Quartermaster General, bows her head for the invocation during a memorial service Feb. 5 for Master Sgt. Lisa Maria Soto at Memorial Chapel. She is flanked on her right by Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge C. Escobedo, CASCOM CSM, and on her left by CSM Eric J. Vidal I, QM Corps CSM. Soto, a 20-year Soldier who was assigned to Alpha Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, died from complications due to the coronavirus. She is survived by her three children, father and twin sister along with several other siblings. (Photo by T. Anthony Bell).
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FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 9, 2021) -- A portrait of Master Sgt. Lisa Maria Soto sits on an easel standing near the pulpit during a memorial service for the deceased Soldier at Memorial Chapel Feb. 5. Soto, assigned to Alpha Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, was a Soldier of 20 years. She died of complications from COVID-19.
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FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 9, 2021) – Johnny Soto Sr., former husband of Master Sgt. Lisa Maria Soto, shares memories of their relationship during a memorial service Feb. 5 at Memorial Chapel here. MSG Soto, a Soldier of 20 years and mother of three boys, died Jan. 2 from complications related to the coronavirus. Mr. Soto described how she conquered the struggles of a difficult upbringing and was a nurturing mother and friend to many. “Lisa used her childhood as motivation to mold our children to be stand-up young men,” he said. “Not only that, she was a beacon of hope for all of those who needed encouragement or a listening ear.” Lt. Col. Denis Fajardo, MSG Soto’s battalion commander, also shared remarks, noting Soto extended herself as a Soldier. “She took taking care of Soldiers and teaching them seriously and with a passion that was noticed by all,” said the leader of the 244th Quartermaster Battalion. “She was always eager to help get things done. As we mourn her loss, also remember her sacrifice, determination, resilience and love for her family.” Among MSG Soto’s survivors are her three children, a twin sister, Letha, and six other siblings; and her father, Jonell McFadden Jr. (U.S. Army Photo by T. Anthony Bell).
FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 9, 2021) -- Members of the Fort Lee community gathered here for a Feb. 5 memorial service honoring the life of Master Sgt. Lisa Maria Soto. A 20-year Soldier, Soto died from COVID-19 complications. The Alpha Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion Soldier was a 92Y Unit Supply Specialist Course instructor assigned to the Quartermaster School. Her military career included tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. Among her survivors are three children, a twin sister, six other siblings and her father.