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Oral History interview of Timothy Brehm. Interview conducted by Mallett, Sabrina at University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall in Orlando, FL.


0:01 Life before the military; 0:28 Military Servicemen in the family; 1:11 Military Service's Effect on Life; 2:07 Problems from Military Service; 4:56 Transitioning to Civilian Life; 5:30 First Days in Service- Basic Training; 6:56 Traveling in the Air Force; 10:30 Communication with Family while deployed; 12:40 Typical Job Assignment; 13:03 Day to Day work in a typical Assignment; 14:10 Description of parts needed for regular maintenance; 14:52 Day to Day work continued; 16:39 Effect of budget cuts on day to day work; 17:54 Chemical Warfare Suits; 18:29 Difference between War-time and peacetime deployments; 20:52 Working in Chemical Warfare Suits/Effect on work; 21:17 Anxiety about Retirement; 23:48 Recreation while deployed/ Value of Recreation and Physical Activity; 29:23 Scud Missile Assault/ Bombing of Kovar Towers; 30:33 Final Day of Military Service; 33:13 Employment after military service; 35:15 Returning to School and Computer Science Employment; 36:03 Teaching and beliefs about teaching; 38:17 Keeping Contact with other soldiers; 40:24 Digital communication with family and other soldiers; 42:45 Positive Aspects of Civilian Life; 43:17 Negative Aspects of Civilian Life/Civilian Health Care System; 45:39 Returning to a military base as a Civilian; 47:36 Community Reception in Detroit/ Reflection about Veteran's organizations; 49:09 Personal beliefs about difference between Digital and personal communications; 51:57 Service as a Presidential Honor Guard Member; 53: 51 Duties as a Presidential Honor Guard Member/ Security for meetings; 55:12 Dealing with difficult people in your unit/ Story about problem with subordinates; 58:30 Reflection on Dishonorable and Other than Honorable discharge; 59:30 Relationship with Subordinates; 1:01:13 Military Service's impact on family/Close relationships on a military base; 1:06:38 Military Exercises' Day to Day Life/Danger of Exercises; 1:08:10 Chemical Weapons suit's impact on Exercises/Transitioning after Exercise; 1:09:17 Transitioning after Exercises/Recreation from Exercises; 1:10:01 Advice for Prospective Soldiers; 1:11:15 Reason that people should join the Air Force.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Port Huron (Mich.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


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

Presidential Honor Guard; 19th Fighter Squadron; 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit; Pacific Air Forces Logistics Support Center; 555th Fighter Squadron; 49th Bomber Fighter Wing

Highest Rank

First Sergeant

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury







See video for details.


Not applicable

City of Birth

Port Huron

Country of Birth

United States


Mallett, Sabrina

Interview Date


Location of Interview

University of Central Florida's Colbourn Hall in Orlando, FL.


Brehm, Timothy James; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force

Collection Description

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


Mallett, Sabrina

Length of Interview

73 MinutesCisd


Department of History, University of Central Florida


Video; MovingImage


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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type