0:00 Introduction; 0:50 Early Life/ Family's Military Service; 1:30 Reason for joining the Air Force; 2:21 Specialized Training in the Air Force; 3:05 Basic Training/ Viewing "Full Metal Jacket" as preparation; 4:52 Memories of Serving Abroad/ Adjustment to Middle East; 6:32 Support Role in Air Force; 7:45 Camaraderie in the Air Force; 8:52 Recreation; 9:37 Humorous Story from Military Service/ Air Plane Crash Site in the Desert/ Driving Accident and Camel in the road; 11:29 Journalizing or Photographing in the Caribbean; 12:15 Medals Awarded in Air Force; 12:58 Communication with Home while in the Middle East; 14:02 His service during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 14:34 Medical Discharge and Transition to Civilian Life; 16:35 Staying in Contact with other veterans/ Veteran's Organization; 18:24 Veteran's Outreach Program; 19:15 Reflection on the Value of recent Military operations; 20:20 Reflection on his military service; 22:27 Other Branches Considered; 23:18 Vocational Rehabilitation Services/ Decision to complete the Masters in Social Work; 25:35 Community's Reception of Veterans; 26:43 Advice and Recommendation for Veteran's Affairs; 28:39 Purpose of the Interview; 29:02 Recommendation for the Project/ Differences between soldiers of different branches; 30:09 His service and last job in the Air Force/ Individual nature of military service; 31:28 Veteran's Transition to Florida job market/Decision to move here; 34:25 Medical Board and Impact on Retirement/Advantages on working in Federal Government; 35:48 Value of Individual Soldier's stories.
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
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
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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Chastain, Johnny interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 361.