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Oral History interview of Johnny Chastain. Interview conducted by Koonce, Kristina at Vet Center in 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.


0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Early Life/ Family's Military Service; 1:30 Reason for joining the Air Force; 2:21 Specialized Training in the Air Force; 3:05 Basic Training/ Viewing "Full Metal Jacket" as preparation; 4:52 Memories of Serving Abroad/ Adjustment to Middle East; 6:32 Support Role in Air Force; 7:45 Camaraderie in the Air Force; 8:52 Recreation; 9:37 Humorous Story from Military Service/ Air Plane Crash Site in the Desert/ Driving Accident and Camel in the road; 11:29 Journalizing or Photographing in the Caribbean; 12:15 Medals Awarded in Air Force; 12:58 Communication with Home while in the Middle East; 14:02 His service during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 14:34 Medical Discharge and Transition to Civilian Life; 16:35 Staying in Contact with other veterans/ Veteran's Organization; 18:24 Veteran's Outreach Program; 19:15 Reflection on the Value of recent Military operations; 20:20 Reflection on his military service; 22:27 Other Branches Considered; 23:18 Vocational Rehabilitation Services/ Decision to complete the Masters in Social Work; 25:35 Community's Reception of Veterans; 26:43 Advice and Recommendation for Veteran's Affairs; 28:39 Purpose of the Interview; 29:02 Recommendation for the Project/ Differences between soldiers of different branches; 30:09 His service and last job in the Air Force/ Individual nature of military service; 31:28 Veteran's Transition to Florida job market/Decision to move here; 34:25 Medical Board and Impact on Retirement/Advantages on working in Federal Government; 35:48 Value of Individual Soldier's stories.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Atlanta (Ga.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

3380 Transportation SQ Keesler AFB Biloxi MS. Home Station. Deployed to Saudi Arabia 4404th Composite Wing (Provisional)

Location of Service

Middle East

Highest Rank

Staff Sergeant; SSgt

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury



Operation Desert Storm


Southwest Asia Service Medal; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; National Service Medal


1st Deployment in 1992, Vehicle Operator in transportation unit. Transported aircrews and service members from base operations, base shuttle bus and heavy equipment operations such as AT Forklift and military series trucks moving air cargo to and from flight line. Deployed to Qatar in 1994 serving in bases safety department. Overseeing all ground operations, flight line operations and weapons storage areas.


"Supported Operation Desert Storm from Saudi Arabia. Was medically discharged in 2000 due to service related injury. Took advantage of VA's Chapter 31 Voc Rehab program and completed a Master's Degree in Social Work from UCF in 2010. Currently employed by VA Affairs, The Orlando Vet Center as a Therapist counseling warzone veterans to reduce adjustment after they have served. Been employed with the vet center program since 2010. Been at the center 10 years, work-study student, UCF Intern then GS employee for 10 years. Love the job enables me to give back to those who serve." - The Veteran.

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Koonce, Kristina

Interview Date


Location of Interview

Vet Center in 5575 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL.


Chastain, Johnny; 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


Koonce, Kristina

Length of Interview

37 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type