Oral History interview of Kenny Medina. Interview conducted by Webb, Joshua at University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL.
1:00 Biographical information and Background; 1:37 Pre-military education; 1:45 Decision to enlist; 1:59 Family's reaction to enlistment; 2:08 Basic training at Lackland AFB; 2:37 Additional training; 3:15 Memorable moment from training; 3:47 Feelings towards Air Force; 4:11 Being stationed at Moody AFB; 5:05 ROTC scholarship/commission; 5:26 Decision to be commissioned; 6:16 Most memorable moment; 7:39 Achievement medal; 8:59 Passing time/ practical jokes; 10:25 Tough times / doubts; 11:20 A-10 commission issues; 13:16 Challenging problems on base; 14:02 Community life Off Base; 15:50 Next steps; 16:37 Last comments/ closing.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit "Flying Tigers"
Location of Service
Lackland Air Force Base (Tex.); Moody Air Force Base (Ga.)
Senior Airman; SrA
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Achievement Medal; Meritorious Unit Award; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Air Force Training Ribbon
Awarded Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service (28 March 2011 to 19 August 2013)
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Medina, Kenny; 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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Central Florida, RICHES of, "Medina, Kenny interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 250.