McLean, VA (June 8, 2012) — Wade Ishimoto received the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award on March 15, 2012, in a formal ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
On behalf of the Secretary of Navy, Mr. Robert Martinage, Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, made the presentation. The award is the highest for a non-governmental employee and recognized Ishimoto for his contributions from 2008 to 2011 for his contributions to special operations, combating terrorism, psychological and stability operations, human intelligence, counter-narcotics, and foreign internal defense programs.
His achievements supported Department of Navy efforts with various Secretary of Defense offices, the United States Special Operations Command, Naval Special Warfare Command, Marine Special Operations Command, and Theater Special Operations Commands in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Attendees at the ceremony included Ishimoto’s wife, Bobbi; General Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force; and Brigadier General Michael Nagata, Deputy Director for Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The award culminates over 50 years of service to our nation as a member of Army Special Forces, as a citizen in the private sector, and as a former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict and Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Navy. One of his notable experiences was his role as Intelligence Officer and security team leader on the 1980 attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran.
Ishimoto is a member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Veterans Association and is the chairman of its Oral History Project.