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1SG Edgar Fuentes was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised im Puerto
Rico. He enlisted in the US Army as a 13B Cannon Crew Member in November
1SG Fuentes' first assignment was with the 3rd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 41st First Artillery Brigade at Fliegerhorst Kasern, Hanau, Germany, where he served in all positions of a heavy-artillery cannon crew member. While stationed in Germany, 1SG Fuentes deployed in 1991 to Saudi Arabia and Iraq in support of of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In September 1991, 1SG Fuentes was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas with 3rd Personnel Group, III Corps. On December 1992, 1SG Fuentes was subsequently assigned to Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division. In March 1997, 1SG Fuentes reclassified to 13M (MLRS Crew Member) and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division.
In April 1997, 1SG Fuentes PCS'd to the Republic of Korea, and was stationed at Camp Stanley, assigned to the 38th Field Artillery, 2nd Armor Division, where he served as an Ammunition Section Chief, and coached the Post Boxing Team. In 1998, 1SG Fuentes returned to Fort Hood, Texas, and was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. In 2000, 1SG Fuentes was selected to attend the US Army Recruiting School, and then was stationed in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York. While recruiting 1SG Fuentes earned the second highest recruiting award, the Army Recruiting Ring.
Upon completion of his recruiting tour, 1SG Fuentes returned to Fort Hood, Texas and was assigned to Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF-1), Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09. While assigned to the Deep Strike Battalion, 1SG Fuentes has served as Platoon Sergeant, Operations NCO, AND 1SG for Alpha and HHB 2nd BN, 20TH FA.
1SG Fuentes' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (9 OLC) ,the Army Achievement Medal (9 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Gold Recruiters Badge, the Army Recruiting Ring, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (#5), the Combat Action Badge, and the Basic and Tactical Combatives Course (Combatives Level I & II)
1SG Fuentes is married to the former Elizabeth Martir of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. They have two children; Vanessa Lee, a junior at UT Arlington, and Jordon Anthony, a senior at Killeen High School.