Oral History interview of Michael Arp. Interview conducted by Lopez, Soraly at UCF.
0:30 Biographical information; 1:00 Military service in the family; 1:45 Joining the Air Force; 3:19 Transition from civilian to military life; 4:50 Basic Military Training; 5:30 Arrival at Basic Training; 6:19 First day and impression of Basic Training; 7:23 Medical screening; 8:24 Inspections and getting the uniforms; 9:15 Training Experience; 11:17 Training Officials; 12:20 Typical day of Basic Training; 13:52 Adaptation to Air Force life; 15:15 Assignments after training; 15:27 Air Transportation assignment; 16:04 North Korea; 17:12 Going abroad; 17:53 Operation Enduring Freedom; 19:10 Experience in Kuwait; 20:18 Effectiveness of the job; 23:30 Different job: loading and unloading aircrafts; 26:14 Typical day during deployment; 26:53 Free time; 27:03 Going back; 27:53 Getting out of the Air Force; 29:40 Transition from military to civilian life; 32:00 Adjusting to society after service; 33:28 Family and friends reaction; 35:00 Current job; 35:14 Experience taken from service; 38:08 Training standards from military; 38:38-41:22 Remembering the Air Force.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Location of Service
Korea (North); Kuwait
Senior Airman; SrA
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Please see video.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Arp, Michael R.; 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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Central Florida, RICHES, "Arp, Michael R. interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 484.