Oral History interview of Michael Leon. Interview conducted by Russell, John at University of Central Florida.
0:15 Life before the Air Force; 1:23 Education; 2:15 Joining the Air Force; 2:53 Enlistment; 3:13 Commissioning; 3:47 Training; 10:10 First assignment - 72nd Air Medical Evacuation Squadron; 12:10 Cuban Milk Run; 13:00 Desert Shield and Desert Storm; 15:53 37th Air Medical Evacuation Group; 18:49 Operation Enduring Freedom; 19:00 Kandahar; 21:00 Earthquake in Haiti; 23:19 Operation New Dawn; 24:05 September 11th Attacks; 27:22 Difference between Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom; 30:02 Home life while in the reserves; 31:57 Retiring from the Air Force; 33:21 Medals and Awards; 36:51 Life after the Air Force.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
New York (N.Y.)
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
45th Air Medical Evac Squadron; 72nd Air Medical Evac Squadron
Location of Service
MacDill Air Force Base (Fla.); McGuire Air Force Base (N.J.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Liberation of Kuwait campaign
Air Force Commendation Medal; Achievement Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal; Outstanding Unit Award
Assistant Chief Nurse of unit; Awards and Decorations Officer; Operation Unified Response - on first Medevac mission into Haiti.
Task Force Rakkasan (taking over airport in Kandahar) 101st Airborne and Canadian Special Forces; Kuwait Liberation. Awarded three Air Force Commendation medals, four Achievement Medals and many other medals.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida
Leon, Michael; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- 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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Michael, Leon, "Leon, Michael interview" (2016). Veterans Oral Histories. 496.