Streaming Media


Oral History interview of Andrew Wood. Interview conducted by Ball Puccio, Joseph at Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Florida.


0:01 Lead, birth, where he lived, parents and siblings, education; 1:45 Family and military, father in USAF, mother's support; 2:35 First days of service- basic and tech school; 3:45 Description of Missile Maintenance Technician, types of missiles, how USAF affected careers of father and himself; 5:15 Basic training instructor, description of basic training; 7:45 Advanced training; tech school; 8:50 Early years in USAF, descriptions of missiles, changes in career fields, length of time on assignments; 13:45 Career in USAF as a leader, stations served, Air Combat Command, inspection team; 15:10 Involvement in 2007 incident of unauthorized shipment of missiles, its aftermath, sent to Minot AFB; 17:30 Description of Minot assignment; 18:25 Final years of service, assigned to Air Force Global Strike Command, retirement; 19:25 Interactions with Germany/Sicily locals, description of life there and travel; 21:10 Details a time in Germany and Sicily, money, what could see and do there; 22:10 Impressions locals had of him and Air Force pressure, projects, economy, and political atmosphere; 23:35 Children in Sicily, reactions from locals; 24:15 Impression of Sicily, people met, its history; 26:20 Description of long journey to Sicily and arriving on base; 28:55 Description of daily life in Sicily, training for dispersal, Cold War threats and responses; 31:10 Demilitarizing missiles and equipment in Sicily; 31:50 Family in Germany, life in Germany; 32:25 Comparing food from Germany and Sicily assignments; 37:12 Tight military community, entertainment while not on duty; 40:41 Nuclear weapons part of nuclear enterprise; 41:41 Comparing overseas and domestic assignments; 43:31 Various jobs in U.S; 45:57 Description of Langley, VA; 47:27 Changes in job duties in post-Cold War U.S; 51:36 Focus on conventional missions; 54:10 Relationships made in military; 57:39 Surprise retirement; 1:00:51 Duties at Lockheed Martin; 1:03:50 Overall feelings about the service; 1:04:59 End comments.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Titusville (Fla.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st


Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

7th Bomb Wing; 487 Tactical Missile Squadron

Location of Service

Texas; Germany; Florida; Louisiana; Virginia; Ward County (N.D.); Sicily (Italy)

Highest Rank

Chief Master Sergeant; CMSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


The veteran served as a missile maintenance technician.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Ball Puccio, Joseph

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Lockheed Martin, Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.


Wood, Andrew F.; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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


Ball Puccio, Joseph

Length of Interview

68 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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