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US Army instructor, former Florence resident Soto dies from COVID-19

US Army instructor, former Florence resident Soto dies from COVID-19

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FORT LEE, Va. — A former Florence resident and U.S. Army soldier based at Fort Lee on Saturday became the 15th active-duty soldier to die of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Stars & Stripes, citing US Army spokesman Jefferson Wolfe, reported that Sgt. 1st Class Lisa Maria Soto, 38, died Saturday at John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Va., from complications related to the coronavirus.

A 20-year-plus veteran of the Army, Soto was most recently a training instructor with Alpha Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion at the base and had previously served at Mannheim, German, Fort Jackson and Fort Drum, N.Y.

Soto served in the Army for more than 20 years, most recently at Fort Lee as a training instructor with the Alpha Company of the 244th Quartermaster Battalion, Wolfe said. During her career, Soto had also been assigned to Mannheim, Germany, Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Drum, N.Y.

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