Oral History interview of Dan Minnocci. Interview conducted by Nunez, Nyree at Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, FL.
0:01 Introduction, family, background; 0:58 Education and family members in service; 1:18 Life before service; 1:33 Entering the service; 2:17 Training and first assignment; 4:27 Job duties; 5:08 Living and working overseas; 6:01 Non-typical day; 7:54 Interaction with Iraqis; 8:47 Entertainment and down time; 10:29 Bond with troops; 11:05 Coming back home; 13:46 Deployment to Afghanistan; 18:01 Life in Afghanistan; 21:47 Unique experiences during second tour; 23:11 Returning home and its challenges; 25:50 Deciding to continue career in military; 26:50 Thoughts on third deployment; 29:00 Advice to future service members.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom;Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, under 1st Battalion/179th Infantry Regiment, 45 Infantry Brigade Combat Team. 439th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron, 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Group, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.
Location of Service
First Lieutenant; 1stLt; Captain; Capt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Meritorious Unit Award; Iraq Campaign Medal; US Army Combat Action Badge; Army Commendation Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Non Article 5 ISAF Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Meritorious Service Medal
Flight commander of 100 USAF Security Forces and 42 USA Soldiers conducting base and area security operations, quick reaction force, convoy escort, and route clearance in support of the largest detainee holding center in US Central Command. Embedded advisor to the Afghan National Army/Afghan Air Force Security Squadron, Kabul Air Wing. Mentored and advised 467 Afghan soldiers on Quick Reaction Force, Military Police, and base defense operations. Conducted helo Infiltration/exfiltration missions, mounted and dismounted patrol operations throughout Kabul province and country in support of various Afghan operations.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, FL.
Minnocci, Dan S.; 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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Don, Minnocci S., "Minnocci, Don S. interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 251.