Miyoko Hikiji served as an enlisted soldier in the Army and Iowa Army National Guard for nearly a decade, spending 400 days deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 2004.
During the deployment she spent over 70 days running supply convoy, security and raid missions throughout the northwest quadrant of Iraq.
Upon her return from Iraq, Miyoko wrote her company's deployment history for the archives at the Gold Star Museum on Camp Dodge the Iowa Army and Air National Guard State Headquarters.
Miyoko's military awards include the Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Service Ribbon and Iowa Humanitarian Service Medal. Her transportation company received the second highest unit decoration the Valorous Unit Award for extraordinary heroism.
Miyoko earned her degree in journalism from Iowa State University in 2004. She with her husband Tom, and two daughters reside in Iowa.