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Oral History interview of Kristle Kish. Interview conducted by Hutchinson, David at Veterans Academic Resource Center at the University of Central Florida.


0:43 Introduction & Biographical Data; 1:15 Family Information; 1:45 Pre-enlistment Information; 2:55 Bootcamp & Training; 3:15 Arrival feelings and emotions; 4:10 First weeks of boot camp; 5:20 Contacting family at boot camp; 6:13 Normal days in intelligence; 7:15 Frustration with "buddy"; 8:45 Chow at basic; 10:06 Position after boot camp; 10:50 Daily duties after boot camp; 11:18 The effects of food; 12:00 Airborne training; 13:41 Female discrimination; 14:30 Last woman standing; 14:55 Formation only told in male barracks; 16:30 Lucky number 13; 16:50 Deployment with the 82nd division to Iraq Tallil; 18:40 Personal reaction to deployment; 20:05 Mission Change; 20:28 Family reaction to deployment and military; 21:24 Odd sights in Iraq & Culture Shock; 21:50 Combat Outpost (COP) and Convoy Information; 22:44 IED's; 23:55 Base hit with rockets; 26:05 Lucky to not be near intense combat; 26:30 Time in Iraq; 14 months; 26:43 RNR (Rest and Relaxation); 27:24 Other soldiers going AWOL; 28:05 Return home; 29:05 Friend's reaction to service; 29:55 Adjustment process; 31:05 Contact with others in Iraq; 33:15 Personal effects of deployment; 33:54 Culture; 34:20 Discrimination by Iraqi citizens for being a female; 35:22 Final notes and thank you.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Kenmore (N.Y.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st


Begin/End date of Service - 1st


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

525 Military Intelligence Brigade (MI); 82 airborne 1st battalion

Location of Service


Highest Rank

Sergeant; SGT

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional; Development Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon; Parachutist Badge


Food Specialist 92G

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Hutchinson, David

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Veterans Academic Resource Center at the University of Central Florida.


Kish, Kristle L.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

35 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576.


University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type