Oral history interview of Bryan Drew Alexander. Interview conducted by Jennifer Flores at The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service.
(Track 1) 0:24 Current residence and occupation; 0:43 Airman 1st Class upon enlistment; 0:58 Family background; 1:34 College after high school; 1:50 Enlistment and family reactions; 2:56 Basic training; 7:00 Technical training; (Track 2) 0:03 Deployment to Iraq; 0:53 Family reactions to deployment; 1:15 On/off time activities in Iraq; 4:00 Other countries visited; 5:13 AC-130 and other equipment used; 7:00 AC-130 gun descriptions; 9:00 Combat experience; 13:25 How combat has affected life after; 14:30 Reserves transition; 17:08 Additional reserve training; (Track 3) 00:11 After Cocoa Beach training; 1:37 Bethune Beach Recovery Mission; 3:25 Graduation from Embry Riddle; 3:45 After graduation plans; 7:55 Recommendations to the Air Force.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Virginia Beach (Va.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
4th Special Operations Squadron
Location of Service
Bagram Airbase (Afghanistan)
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Air Force Combat Action Medal
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service.
Alexander, Bryan D.; Operation Iraqi Freedom -- Personal narratives; Basic training; Deployment; Combat; Reserves; 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, "Alexander, Bryan Drew interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 461.