Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Greg Pavilchko. Interview conducted by Lane, Cory; Hanlon, Cody at University of Central Florida Library.


0:10 Biographical info; family members in military; 1:09 Interest in joining military; 1st Gulf War; 1:35 Enlistment; 1:50 Basic training; Pharmacy Tech School; Nursing School; Ft. Silverbloom, Ft. Sam Houston; 3:20 Adapting to military lifestyle; 4:05 Deployment January 2006-March 2007; 4:20 Training for Iraq; 5:33 In transit to Iraq; staging area in Kuwait; 8:30 Nineveh province; Kurds; 9:18 Interactions with locals; Iraqi police + border patrol; local customs; 11:32 Reactions form Kurds to war; 14:25 Media portrayal of the war; Al-Jazeera; 15:28 Ramadi Counter-Insurgency Campaign; 17:00 Clear-Hold-Build Strategy; 19:51 Iraqi reaction to Clear-Hold-Build; fear for children/families; 21:46 Working with tribes; 22:08 Anbar Awakening and Travis Patriquin; using propaganda; insurgents not good Muslims; 25:20 Concerns of the Iraqi people; 26:16 The fall of Saddam; 27:02 Debathification and unemployment; 28:24 Public violence; 29:13 Second Battle of Ramadi; 31:49 Communication with family; 33:10 Life goals – career military; 34:05 Coming home and adjusting to civilian life; reintegration; 35:50 Contact with other soldiers – Facebook, email; 36:12 Reflections; greater tolerance, less inclined to violence



War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Interview Date


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


Department of History, University of Central Florida


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 and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type