Oral History interview of Donald Ahlin. Interview conducted by Giordiono, Joseph at Ahlin Residence.
0:29 Biographical information/family background; 1:40 Married before enlisting; 2:35 Family that served in the military; 3:09 Year entered the service, 1999, enlisted in the air force, adjusting to military life; 5:55 Family react to joining the military; 6:48 Advanced individual training, power production, compare base life at home and abroad; 10:33 Stationed in Guam, base life; 12:00 Been to Iraq in 1999, Saudi Arabia, UAE, join force training; 14:20 First experience being overseas; 15:25 Briefings on foreign conditions, culture, security risks; 16:50 Military life after 9/11; 20:45 Days leading up to Iraq; 23:27 Deployment to Iraq; 26:30 Time spent in the desert; 26:50 Start of occupation, change in attitude; 29:55 Backlash of the insurgency; 34:11 Probability of change in Iraq, compare to Japan, Germany; 39:30 Troops being pulled out of Iraq; 44:30 UAE base, bases; 45:02 Change dependent on people of Iraq; 46:55 Thoughts on participation in the military.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Air Civil Engineer Support Agencies
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Southwest Asia Defense
Airman of the Year 36 CES. 36 MSG, 36 ABW, 13 AF
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Ahlin, Donald Matthew; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; 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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Donald, Ahlin Matthew, "Ahlin, Donald Matthew interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 118.