Jesus Soto, Jr.
Colonel Jesus Soto, Jr. was commissioned a Field Artillery Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 1-77, 12 April 1977. His first duty assignment was as Forward Air Observer, Division Artillery, 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Los Angeles, California. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, Combat Support Company, Reedley, California; Platoon Leader Bravo Company, Executive Officer Bravo Company, Porterville, California; Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, S-2 Intelligence Staff Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) Fresno, California; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; Operations Officer, United States Army, South, Fort Clayton, Panama; Mobilization Plans Officer, Headquarters, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Faculty Member, Joint Military Intelligence College, Defense Intelligence Agency; Director of Ombudsman Services, Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Senior Policy Advisor, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, District of Columbia. | His military awards and decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ Gold Hourglass Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Medal, Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon.