Oral History interview of Chad Etchison. Interview conducted by Joyner, Chad at University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
1:47 Why join the Navy; 2:45 Boot Camp Attendance; 3:39 Beginning of Training at NTC; 4:53 First impression of NTC; 5:15 First Days; 6:20 Impression of the recruits and training; 8:32 Returning to hometown with recruiters after Boot Camp; 9:08 How training shaped relationships with other recruits; 10:09 Friends from NTC; 11:14 Instructors; 13:04 Hardest part of NTC; 14:57 Unforgettable story "Cycling"; 17:23 The "Grinder"; 18:37 Defining and reflecting on the "Grinder"; 21:23 NTC in comparison to other bases and posts; 22:23 Important areas of the base; 24:09 The White Hat; 24:59 Naval Career; 28:01 Most significant station; 30:13 Boarding vessels and contraband searches; 31:50 Other contacts from the Navy; 32:54 Naval values; 35:26 Most valuable lesson learned in the Navy; 37:03 Changes to the area; 38:55 NTC's lasting legacy; 40:07 Ideas for the site; 41:09 "NTC Orlando means ___ to me"; 42:48 Serving in the Navy.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Navy Operational Support Center, Orlando
Location of Service
Orlando (Fla.); Dam Neck (Va.)
Senior Chief Petty Officer SCPO
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Operation Active Endeavor; War on Terror
Joint Service Commendation; Medal Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Presidential Service badge
White House Duty with the White House Communication Agency 1997-2000
Attended boot camp and NTC in Orlando; served on several US Navy frigates; served then President Clinton as part of the White House Communication Agency; attended Fleet Combat Training Center in Dam Neck, VA; conduct boarding of vessels for contraband searches in the Mediterranean Sea, the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command Operations Force Center, and the Navy Operations Support Center in Orlando. The Senior Chief has 21 years of services in the U.S Navy. Won 2 Navy Commendation medals, and 5 Navy Achievement Medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL.
Etchison, Chad; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Etchison, Chad interview" (2014). Veterans Oral Histories. 257.