Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Lisa Rodriguez. Interview conducted by Drescher, Jennifer in Saint Cloud, FL.


0:00 Before entering service; 1:00 Why enlisting; 1:30 Family; 2:00 Job duties; 3:00 Adjusting to military life; 4:28 Departing for training; 5:17 Job training; 5:46 Iraqi time frame; 6:07 Connecting and communicating with family at home; 6:53 Dealing with relationship with 4 year old daughter; 8:13 Off duty pursuits; 9:52 Description of Saddam's homes; 12:08 Landscape of Iraq and traveling outside of Bagdad; 14:55 War's end; 15:38 Leaving the Air Force; 15:58 Readjusting to civilian life; 18:22 Veteran's Club at Washington State University and College life; 20:36 Connecting with fellow veterans; 21:28 Home town vs. Bagdad; 22:45 Prior information on Iraqi culture and life; 24:19 Interactions with locals; 27:13 Training the Iraqi Air Force; 28:10 Description of medals received; 29:33 Life lessons learned from military service; 30:56 Closing.

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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

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