Streaming Media


0:00 Introduction; 1:05 Childhood and family; 1:48 Education; 2:30 Preparation for commissioning; 3:50 Becoming a reservist; 5:05 Job in 416th Civil Affairs Battalion; 5:35 Assignment: Camp Freedom; 6:40 A typical day in the Army; 9:15 Interacting with student groups; 9:45 Experiencing Iraqi culture and conditions; 11:00 Communicating home; 11:20 Deciding not to take leave; 12:00 Combat in Iraq; 12:55 Most memorable experience in Iraq: March Madness in Iraq; 14:20 Memorable experience: Death of a coworker; 15:20 Perks of the job; 16:20 ISIS attacks on archaeological sites; 16:50 Time in Bosnia-Psychological Operations; 19:00 Dealing with mines; 20:00 First impression of Bosnia; 21:35 Leave in Bosnia/ Weekend pass to Zagreb; 22:10 Most memorable experience in Bosnia; 23:45 Dynamic with active duty personnel; 25:25 Keeping safe in Bosnia; 26:00 Most memorable experience in service- Tour in Iraq; 27:30 Time spent off duty; 28:55 What it's like to be a reservist; 29:45 Life as a historian and a serviceman; 32:04 Veterans Groups; 33:26 Additional information about service; 33:45 Losing friends in Iraq; 37:25 Talking about his book- Undoing Saddam.

Date of Birth

August 1968

Place of Birth

Yakima (Wash.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st

May 1990

December 2017

Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

Multiple Army Reserve units over 27+ year ongoing career. In Iraq, 416th Civil Affairs Battalion (December 2003-October 2004).

Location of Service

Bosnia; Iraq

Highest Rank

Colonel; COL

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; NATO Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge


Team Chief for Higher Education and Antiquities in Northern Iraq, 2004.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth



Rodriguez, Sharon

Interview Date

Fall 11-16-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida


Bowen, Wayne; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army

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


Rodriguez, Sharon

Length of Interview

41 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


video / mp4; DVD


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 & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type