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Edward Soriano
Born 1946 (age 63–64)
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Lieutenant General Edward Soriano
Place of birth Pangasinan, Philippines
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1970–2005
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held I Corps
7th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield/Storm

Until his retirement in 2004, Lieutenant General Edward Soriano (born in November, 1946) was the highest-ranking, actively serving, Filipino American officer in the United States Army. He remains the highest-ranked Filipino American to have served in the United States Military, as of April 2009.[1]

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Biography

Born in Pangasinan to Ilocos Sur natives, he immigrated to Salinas, California in the 1960s. His father was a Corporal in the 57th Infantry (PS) during World War II and, after the surrender of USAFFE to the Japanese, was subjected to the Bataan Death March; in the Korean War, the elder Soriano again became a prisoner of war ("POW"). During this time, young Edward and the rest of his family moved from Guam back to the Philippines.[2] His father later retired as a Major. It was his father's service that inspired Edward Soriano to join the military after graduation from Salinas High School.[1]

Soriano was graduated from San Jose State University and later earned a Master's degree from the University of Missouri. He was commissioned through Army ROTC in 1970. His commands include Company A, 3d Battalion, 47th Infantry of the 3d Brigade of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division, 1973–1975; 2nd Battalion of the 41st Infantry, 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas; 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division; and the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Carson. His final assignment was command of I Corps and Fort Lewis, Washington, from August, 2002, to November, 2004.[3] He finally retired on March 1, 2005.[4]

Since retiring from the United States Army, Soriano has worked for Northrup Grumman as a program manager,[5] while sitting on numerous boards of directors including Home Front Cares,[6] and Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs.[7] Additionally he is the present President, and board member of the Mountain Post Historical Center at Fort Carson.[8]

Decorations and Badges

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Medals and Ribbons

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Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
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Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
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Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
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Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
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Badges

Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantry Badge
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GeneralStaffID.gif Army Staff Identification Badge
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References

  1. ^ a b c d De Castro, Cynthia (April 29, 2009). "Lieutenant General Edward Soriano: Highest Ranking Filipino-American in the US Army". Voice of Fil-America (Asian Journal). http://www.asianjournal.com/voice-of-fil-america/72-voice-of-fil-america/1748-lieutenant-general-edward-soriano-highest-ranking-filipino-american-in-the-us-army.html. Retrieved May 30, 2009.  
  2. ^ Eljera, Bert (August 22-28, 1997). "Major General". AsianWeek. http://www.asianweek.com/082297/newsmaker.html. Retrieved May 30, 2009.  
  3. ^ 1st Infantry Division bio
  4. ^ "Lieutenant General EDWARD SORIANO". Fort Riley. United States Army. http://www.riley.army.mil/bigredone/commandteam/Former/ADC/Soriano,%20Edward.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-30.  
  5. ^ Bohlen, Michelle (November 18, 2008). "Northrop Grumman Awarded 2009 FEMA National Level Exercise Contract". News Releases (Northrop Grumman Corporation). http://www.irconnect.com/noc/press/pages/news_releases.html?d=154893. Retrieved May 31, 2009.  
  6. ^ "The Home Front Cares Board of Directors". The Home Front Cares. http://www.thehomefrontcares.org/Board.html. Retrieved 2009-05-31.  
  7. ^ "Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs elects 2006 board of directors". The Colorado Springs Business Journal (AllBusiness.com, Inc.). February 3, 2006. http://www.allbusiness.com/specialty-businesses/non-profit-businesses/1122938-1.html. Retrieved May 31, 2009.  
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". The Mountain Post Historical Center. http://www.fortcarsonmuseum.com/board-of-directors. Retrieved 2009-05-31.  

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