Guest Speaker – Shihan Wade Ishimoto

Operational Detachment Delta / Iran

The bio below came from another website as listed at the bottom.  In addition to a military career, no one can duplicate, Captain Ishimoto is also a sixth degree in Aikido.

Wade Ishimoto is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University. He retired as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy as a Highly Qualified Expert in 2012, and was previously the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict from 2004 to 2007. He is a retired Army Special Forces officer who served multiple tours in Vietnam and a charter member of the Delta Force and its Intelligence Officer. He led a road block team on the 1980 attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran. His accomplishments include:

  • US Special Operations Command Commando Hall of Honor inductee, Distinguished Public Service Medal awarded by the Secretary of the Navy, Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment. (Hall of Fame), Distinguished Public Service and Citizenship Award, Pan Pacific American Leaders & Mentors, Rylander Award from the National Defense Industrial Association.
  • Guest speaker at five consecutive Army Annual Antiterrorism Conferences, Government Advisor to six Defense Science Board Task Forces, Past contributor to Fox News, ABC, CBS, and CNN on terrorism matters.
  • Leading the formation of the Joint Staff Integrated Vulnerability Assessment program in the aftermath of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia
  • Key member of the Downing Task Force in 1996 whose report brought significant change to the Defense Department’s programs to combat terrorism.
  • Consultant to the Undersecretary of Treasury for Law Enforcement and a major contributor to the investigation of the Branch Davidian incident in Waco, Texas.
  • Leadership roles with the Nuclear Emergency Search Team to deal with acts of nuclear extortion and terrorist use of nuclear and radiological material.
  • Director of several national, interagency exercises on terrorist response. Participating agencies included the Defense, State, and Energy Departments; FBI, FEMA, CIA, Secret Service, and State and local law enforcement.
  • Military service in Special Forces, counterintelligence/HUMINT, and military police.
  • He has been written about in Delta Force, The Guts to Try, Best Laid Plans, Those Gallant Men, Killer Elite, Never Surrender and A Murder in Wartime.
  • He has quietly supported efforts to provide mentorship and assistance to those serving in uniform to include the USSOCOM Care Coalition, Helping Our Heroes Foundation, Give2theTroops, the staff of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Pan-Pacific American Leaders and Mentors, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and Operational Advocates Supporting Injured SOF (OASIS).

(With permission from Shihan Ishimoto, bio from

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