Michael A. Romano, military intelligence specialist

January 15, 2013

Michael A. Romano, 70, an Army lieutenant colonel who retired in 1993 and then spent 17 years working for intelligence-industry contractors in the Washington area, died Dec. 2 at his home in Statesville, N.C. He had cancer.

A friend, Richard H. Geissler, confirmed the death.

Col. Romano served 28 years in the Army and spent his early career in the Rangers. He was a rifle platoon leader during a tour of duty in Vietnam. He later was an intelligence specialist, and his final active-duty assignment was at Fort Myer, Va.

From 1993 until his second retirement in 2010, he worked with TASC Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Army and Navy commendation medals.

Michael Anthony Romano was a Los Angeles native and a 1965 graduate of the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

He moved to North Carolina from Oakton in 2010. He was a past member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna.

His first marriage, to Karen Portillo, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Hilda Flartey Romano of Statesville; two daughters from his first marriage, Aimee Romano of Longville, Texas, and Darcy Romano Bailey of Lorton; his stepmother, Ruth Romano of Bothell, Wash.; a sister, Mary H. Romano of Seattle; a brother, Daniel F. Romano of Reston; and a granddaughter.

— Adam Bernstein

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