Oral History interview of Lorraina Nyanza. Interview conducted by Schneider, Sarah at Veterans Center, Orlando, FL.
0:35 Birthplace and date; 0:47 Growing up in New York City; 1:40 Parents occupations; 2:00 Education college; 3:00 In Harlem; 3:25 Decision to join the military training; 4:55 and duties in the Air Force; 5:57 Basic Training; 6:54 Transitioning from Basic to Technical school; 7:50 Details of training in Technical School; 8:25 Station in Turkey and impressions of the area; 9:15 Duties while in Turkey; 9:37 Relationships with fellow service members; 10:39 Interaction with Turkish culture; 11:24 Living conditions; 11:35 Sexual harassment in Turkey; 12:45 Sexual assault in Spain; 14:30 Fighting to uncover abuses; 15:25 Activities and duties while stationed in England; 18:00 Traveling around England; 19:10 Responsibility with rank; 20:10 Overseas duty to Spain; 22:35 Working with local Spaniards; 23:45 Language and communication in foreign countries; 24:25 Being an activist while in Spain; 26:54 Communicating with family; 29:00 Dealing with trust issues on return to the states; 32:00 Duties in Texas; 34:55 Contemplating continuing military service; 37:45 Life after the service and continuing education; 39:50 Reaction from the community; 42:00 Influence to pursue Criminal Justice; 44:35 Working while getting degree; 45:55 Occupation as a Social Worker after college; 47:00 Remaining in contact with fellow service members; 47:15 Veterans groups; 48:25 Medals and awards; 48:55 Current projects and confronting horrors; 53:40 Acknowledgment of fellow sufferers of assault and harassment; 55:45 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
War or Conflict
Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada
Location of Service
Texas; Mississippi; Incirlik Air Base (Turkey); England; Spain; Bergstrom Air Force Base (Tex.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Achievement Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Good Conduct Medal; Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour); Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour); Air Force Longevity Service Award; Air Force Training Ribbon
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City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Veterans Center, Orlando, FL.
Nyanza, Lorraina; Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada; Women and the military -- United States; 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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Central Florida, RICHES, "Nyanza, Lorraina interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 431.