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Ishibashi awarded Bronze Star

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Capt. Joshua Ishibashi, originally of Redmond, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious service during combat operations while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.

Ishibashi served in Baghdad from March 2004 through March 2005. His first assignment upon entering Baghdad was leading his platoon through the streets of Sadr City, one of the most poverty stricken and dangerous parts of Baghdad. After 10 months of duty he was transferred to training Iraqi military troops. Ishibashi and the Iraqi troops he trained were integral in ensuring the safety of hundreds of Iraqi citizens during the historical January elections.

Ishibashi's commander wrote, "In spite of continuous dangers and hardship, Capt. Ishibashi honorably contributed to the insurgents defeat and the protection of his comrades. While assigned to the First Brigade Combat Team, his dedication to duty and commitment to excellence enabled the unit to succeed in its mission and provide a safer, more secure Iraq. His decisive leadership and boldness in action are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, the 1st Cavalry Division and the U.S. Army."

General Abrahm's wrote, "Exceptional service from a tough combat-proven leader who has roamed Sadr City in his add-on armor Humvee without hesitation."

Ishibashi graduated from Redmond High School in 1996 and went on to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY., graduating in June 2001. He is currently assigned and serving with the Ironhorse Brigade Combat Team stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. His parents are Teddy Ishibashi of North Bend and Sharon Sato of Kirkland.

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