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Oral History interview of Marianela ArreazaMoreno. Interview conducted by Ortiz, Andrew at University of Central Florida.


0:47 Birthplace, grew up, moved to Florida; 1:00 Reason for moving; 1:20 Siblings; 1:40 Family Service in the military, reactions to Florida; 2:22 Massachusetts to study English; 2:42 Reason for enlisting, why the Army; 3:57 How family reacted to enlistment; 4:48 Before joining the military, education; 5:15 Expectations going into the Army; 5:47 Preparing for basic training; 6:52 Reactions to 9/11 and War on Terrorism, similar tragedy at home; 8:57 Reaction to War in Afghanistan; 9:34 Basic training location, reactions to Oklahoma; 10:30 Experience in basic training and reactions to it; 13:17 Inspections, dealing with different drill sergeants; 14:15 How drill sergeants were to trainees; 15:34 Preparing for each drill sergeants; 17:15 Particular drill sergeant that stuck out, incident with drill sergeant; 19:49 Fellow trainees that stuck out/remembered; 20:27 Clarifying 'MOS', job titles; 21:27 Chosen for supply via ASVAD test, cousin in same job; 22:50 Graduation; 23:41 Becoming a US citizen, what it took, ceremony on family day; 25:50 Reaction to becoming a US Citizen; 26:48 Took away from basic training, using skills as a civilian; 28:27 Battle Buddy system, using it as a civilian; 30:25 Explaining the Battle Buddy system more in depth; 32:37 Advance training school, compared to basic training, new training/studying; 34:50 Writing a lot for advance training school; 36:19 Basic training did not prepared her for advance training, specific job types; 38:33 First posting and assignment, what she did there; 39:39 Reactions to Germany; 41:35 Average day like with the Inland Cargo Transfer Company; 45:50 Other countries she traveled to; 46:20 Assigned to the 23rd Ordinance Company, working under NATO; 47:51 What she did with the 23rd Ordinance Company; 48:10 Favorite vehicle and what it took to use it; 49:52 Injured by improvised explosive device (IED); 52:41 Terrorist attack, but by Europeans; 53:07 Prior attack that friend was lucky enough to avoid; 53:45 European Terrorism rarely heard from in US; 54:12 PTSD; 56:09 Family reaction to injury, Hispanic culture with military; 57:11 Reactions to Hispanic culture here in US to military; 57:42 Hispanic culture avoids issue/ mental illness, how her family reacts; 59:02 Medical discharge, prior ankle injury made worse by IED; 1:00:25 Details of IED explosion; 1:01:11 Would have continued in the Army, helped her be who she is; 1:02:06 What she is studying and why, social work; 1:03:00 Why studying at University of Central Florida (UCF); 1:03:46 Ending of Interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Puerto Ordaz (Venezuela)




White - Hispanic

Home State


War or Conflict

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

1st Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 23rd Ordnance Company

Location of Service

Fort Sill (Okla.); Fort Eustis (Va.); Grafenwöhr (Germany)

Highest Rank


Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal


See video for details.


Born in Venezuela. Moved to Florida in 2008. Joined in 2010, shipped to Oklahoma. Became US citizen on Oklahoma thanks to the US Army. Worked hand in hand with an explosive company and with supply platoons of different companies. While in Germany, battle buddies and I were assigned to missions in many countries. Injured with an IED, months later medical discharge. After US Army went to Miami Dade College, got AA and now University of Central Florida to get my BS in Social Work.

City of Birth

Puerto Ordaz

Country of Birth



Ortiz, Andrew

Interview Date

Fall 11-4-2016

Location of Interview

University of Central Florida


Arreaza-Moreno, Marianela; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Army

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


Ortiz, Andrew

Length of Interview

64 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