Streaming Media


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.



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Interview Date


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


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