Oral History interview of Carl Hernandez. Interview conducted by Carter, Brooke at Mr. Hernandez's home in Ocala, FL.
0:40 Biographical information and childhood; 1:50 Pre-military education; 2:22 Decision to go into military; 2:58 Family's feeling about decision to enlist; 3:15 Basic training; 5:00 Additional training; 6:05 First active duty assignment; 7:12 Stateside postings; 8:25 Daily life on an AFB; 13:30 Individual role; 14:47 Overseas tours; 16:00 Overseas responsibilities; 17:12 Overseas camaraderie; 17:45 Foreign allies/ civilians; 18:03 Most memorable overseas experience; 18:38 Operation Desert Storm; 20:52 Duties as Spokesman for Air Force Intelligence; 22:37 Most memorable experience as spokesman; 24:00 Decision to leave service; 25:00 Awards and accolades; 26:45 Post-military life and career; 31:30 Final thoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
HQ Air Intelligence Agency
Location of Service
Central America; Southwest Asia
Master Sergeant; MSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Desert Storm
Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; Air Force Marksmanship Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal; Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon; Basic Training Medal; Outstanding Unit Medal
Command Briefer/ Field Promotion
"I had the honor of serving our great nation both stateside and overseas tours, along with tours of duty to undisclosed locations in Central America and Southwest Asia. I was the key spokesperson for the Intelligence Branch of the Air Force for two years representing 13,000 personnel and to audiences spanning the National Security Agency, Congressional Visitors, Foreign Dignitaries, Allied Forces Distinguished Visitors, as well as state and local representatives, and the press." - The Veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Mr. Hernandez's home in Ocala, FL.
Hernandez, Carl; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- 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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Carl, Hernandez, "Hernandez, Carl interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 238.