All I Could Be: The Story of a Woman Warrior in Iraq

All I Could Be: The Story of a Woman Warrior in Iraq

by Miyoko Hakiji



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933909585
Publisher: Chronology Books
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

What People are Saying About This

Paul L. Ladd

A powerful story detailing the challenges, struggles, and triumphs faced by the female Soldier on the non-linear battlefield.

Scott Ayres

Given names such as Bev, Marlis, and Di now grace the combat roles of the American Army. This list also includes the name of Iowan Miyoko Hikiji, and her chronicle 'female Soldier' is a compelling and enlightening read of life and combat in a land of foreign sands, weather, culture, and language. Her sojourn of Operation Iraqi Freedom comes during the disjointed combat that saw females fight alongside and interchangeably with male soldiers and her story is a first that reveals that the American Army is stronger now with America's women in its front combat ranks.

Alastair Wanklyn

If you read only one book about the Iraq war, read this important record of America s Army today...I met Mitoko Hikiji on one of Iraq s most dangerous roads. We were struck by her teams; courage, driving unarmored vehicles at a time when insurgents knew such vehicles were easy targets. This book shows how Hikiji fought to complete her missions and describes an important period of change for women in the U.S. military.It should be studied as a unique record of history.

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