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Bloomington native awarded Bronze Star

BLOOMINGTON (MCT) — U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Aaron F. Fisher, a native of Bloomington, was awarded a Bronze Star during a ceremony at the 9th Engineer Support Battalion physical training field at Camp Hansen, Japan.

Fisher was company commander of Engineer Support Company, 9th ESB, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, during its recent deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the medal for meritorious service during the seven-month deployment.

He is the son of Wayne and Connie Fisher, Clinton, and Terie and Rich Sumrall, Bloomington. He and his wife, Erin Jo Ann Fryer, have five sons. Fisher is a graduate of Bloomington High School and Illinois State University.

Fisher led several projects, but commanded two especially challenging missions during the deployment. His company constructed a land bridge, known as Route Red Wadi Crossing, to ensure the main supply route remained open following the winter thaw. His company also built Route Tiffany, providing a re-supply access route to a remote forward operating base.

“The Marines pulled together and they did an amazing job,” said Fisher. “It’s not something I did; it is something the company did.”

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