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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.



War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

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