Oral History interview of Donald Adams. Interview conducted by Bradfield, Daniel at JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
0:01 Introduction; 0:37 Birth and background information; 1:00 Enlistment; 1:05 Parents' jobs; 1:20 Relatives in the Military; 1:38 Impact on decision to join; 2:05 Why Airforce over the other branches; 2:42 Family reaction to joining the service; 2:50 Basic Training; 2:59 Technical Training; 3:04 Basic Training (continued); 3:42 Technical Training (continued); 4:34 First Station; 4:54 Possible bases; 5:10 First Station (continued); 6:54 Military job; 7:45 Average day; 8:34 Leave; 9:00 Memorable Experience at FE Warren AFB; 10:00 Interest in ICBMs; 10:30 Second Station; 11:22 Rockets at the Second station; 11:35 Comparing the two Stations; 12:06 Job differences; 12:40 Average day at Cape Canaveral; 13:20 Night Shift; 14:07 Effects of 9/11; 15:10 Changes after the end of the Cold War; 16:00 On duty during 9/11; 16:20 Effects of 9/11 (continued); 16:47 Most memorable Promotion; 17:35 Criteria for Promotion; 19:42 Medals or Citations; 20:41 Decision to Retire; 21:30 Wife while in service; 22:20 Transition from service; 23:04 First job out of service; 23:13 Role at JHT; 23:34 Getting the job at JHT; 23:50 Contact with those served with.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Post Cold-War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
90th Space Wing F E Warren AFB; 3 SLS Cape Canaveral AFS
Location of Service
F.E. Warren Air Force Base (Wyo.); Cape Canaveral (Fla.)
Technical Sergeant; TSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
JHT Offices off of Research Parkway in Orlando, FL.
Adams, Donald A.; Post Cold-War Era -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Adams, Donald A. interview" (2015). Veterans Oral Histories. 336.