Streaming Media

Description

Oral History interview of Michael Leon. Interview conducted by Russell, John at UCF.

Log

0:15 Life before the Air Force; 1:23 Education; 2:15 Joining the Air Force; 2:53 Enlistment; 3:13 Commissioning; 3:47 Training; 10:10 First assignment - 72nd Air Medical Evacuation Squadron; 12:10 Cuban Milk Run; 13:00 Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 15:53 37th Air Medical Evacuation Group; 18:49 Operation Enduring Freedom; 19:00 Kandahar; 21:00 Earthquake in Haiti; 23:19 Operation New Dawn; 24:05 September 11th Attacks; 27:22 Difference between Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom; 30:02 Home life while in the reserves; 31:57 Retiring from the Air Force; 33:21 Medals and Awards; 36:51 Life after the Air Force.

Date of Birth

1960-02-18

Place of Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Gender

Male

Home State

New York

War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1986-06-26

2013-10-29

Entrance into Service

Commissioned

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

45th Air Medical Evac Squadron; 72nd Air Medical Evac Squadron

Location of Service

MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.); McGuire Air Force Base (N.J.)

Highest Rank

Major; Maj

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

No

Battles

Liberation of Kuwait campaign

Medals

Air Force Commendation Medal; Achievement Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal; Outstanding Unit Award

Achievements

Assistant Chief Nurse of unit; Awards and Decorations Officer; Operation Unified Response - on first Medevac mission into Haiti.

Note

Task Force Rakkasan (taking over airport in Kandahar) 101st Airborne and Canadian Special Forces; Kuwait Liberation. Awarded three Air Force Commendation medals, four Achievement Medals and many other medals.

City of Birth

New York

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Russell, John

Interview Date

Fall 11-4-2016

Location of Interview

UCF

Subjects

Leon, Michael; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

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

Contributors

Russell, John

Length of Interview

41 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

video/mp4; DVD; MTS

Rights

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. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview

Semester

Fall


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