Oral History interview of Oscar Leon. Interview conducted by Iftikhar, Brittany; Millan, Jauro at Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
00:38 Childhood; 01:02 Being in college prior to enlisting; 01:23 Family members in service; 01:46 How his family felt about his enlisting; 02:09 Decision to enlist in the Air Force; 02:52 First day of basic training; 05:24 Specific training for engineering assistance; 06:00 Being assigned to the 823rd Red Horse; 06:10 Places of deployment; 06:42 Specific jobs in "highly mobile" squadron; 09:30 Impact of his deployment in El Salvador; 10:38 How he spent his free time; 11:11 Keeping in contact with loved ones; 11:56 Keeping in touch with people he served with; 12:23 Returning to the States; 12:30 Reception by the community; 14:14 Going back to school; 14:33 Lessons learned from time in the military; 15:45 Working with computers at Lockheed Martin; 17:20 Current job; 17:35 Impact of time in the Air Force on current job; 19:14 Advice to people thinking about enlisting.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York City (N.Y.)
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
823rd Red Horse
Location of Service
San Antonio (Tex.); Saudi Arabia; El Salvador; Italy; Egypt
Airman First Class; A1C
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See the video.
Veteran did not indicate a war or conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom was chosen based on time period.
City of Birth
New York City
Country of Birth
Iftikhar, Brittany; Millan, Jauro
Location of Interview
Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.
Leon, Oscar J.; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
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
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Leon, Oscar Javier interview" (2013). Veterans Oral Histories. 185.