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Oral history interview with Ari Schein. Interview conducted by Andrew Ortiz in Orlando, Florida on March 28, 2017.


0:22 Birthplace/growing up/family; 1:33 Influence for joining to service/ looking for schools and ROTC early; 2:42 Education prior to service/ Army War College; 3:25 Graduation & Commissioning Day; 4:08 Families reaction to Graduating; 4:35 First Station: Fort Knox / ROTC committee; 5:20 Snowbirding before Armor Officer Training / Tank gunnery; 6:20 Living quarters at Fort Knox; 7:10 Second Station & first duty: Erlangen, Germany / Tank Platoon Leader; 8:42 Role of Tank Platoon Leader / NCO's advice; 9:39 Training after the collapse of the USSR and the unified Germany; 10:39 Type of tank under platoon; 11:23 Germany during unification / former East Germany military conditions; 13:53 Relocated to Mannheim, Germany, then to Fort Lewis, Washington; 14:49 Washington compared to Germany; 15:40 Left for Fort Lewis early / duties to prepare area for company; 17:07 Time at Fort Lewis / promotions; 17:40 Armor Officer Course training at Fort Knox; 18:14 Stationed in Korea: Camp Red Cloud / from line unit to divisional staff; 19:03 Working with Korea to secure ranges and maneuver space; 20:13 Solving the problem of giving Korea back some land, so they could train; 22:18 Length of Korean tour / living situation in Korea; 23:23 Stationed at Fort Hood / pulled off the line to do staff work; 25:05 Creating itinerary with VIPs / working with a civilian / networking; 28:27 Return to line unit, 1st Cavalry Division / role as company commander; 30:25 Brigades went to Bosnia, stayed to support them / training for Bosnia; 31:10 Challenges with training for Bosnia, using Spanish as the language; 32:35 National Training Center with infantry unit; 33:24 Time as Company Commander at Fort Hood / path he took; 34:30 Defense Language Institute: Turkish / Army changed system of path; 36:00 Possibly leaving the Army due to being stuck between two positions; 36:58 Reassigned as staff officer at DLI / Force protection & antiterrorism; 37:35 Joining transportation corps / US orders all bases to be closed to civilians; 38:55 Problem with denying access to civilians / problems with traffic; 39:56 Introduced to emergency managers / September 11th, 2001 / base closing; 42:25 Suggested to Emergency Management program / response experience; 43:45 Thrown into Transportation Officer position, no logistics experience; 44:32 Explaining antiterrorism & force protection / training others; 48:38 Stationed in Orlando, Executive Officer for training battalion; 50:00 Post 9/11 not training but mobilization stations / individual training; 50:54 Reserves went into a change post 9/11; 52:32 Second assignment in Seoul, Korea in G4 transportation as ops Officer; 53:44 G4 transportation role and duty; 54:10 Wartime mission running Combined Transportation Movement Center; 55:17 8th Army G4 Transportation plans / redesigning US Forces Korea; 56:28 Stationed in Abu Dhabi as Liaison Officer in U.S. Embassy; 59:38 United Arab Emirates allies on the War on Terror / close air support for US; 1:00:36 Living in Abu Dhabi; 1:01:25 Culture shock / how he met wife; 1:02:50 Children's education while in UAE / Army friend; 1:04:10 Traveling with family while in the military; 1:04:55 Assigned to Fort Hood as Core staff, logistics officer / US Forces Iraq; 1:06:55 Various responsibilities throughout career; 1:07:22 Supply & Services for whole Iraqi theater / system for logistics in Iraq; 1:10:40 Retiring / time in service / last day in Army; 1:12:14 Medals earned, Legion of Merit; 1:13:00 Readjusting to civilian life / his children's education important; 1:15:34 Looking for work with wife / UCF position as Emergency Management; 1:16:13 Continuing education for Masters while in the service; 1:17:22 Proud of his units and training he gave; 1:19:54 Ending the interview.

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Ridgewood (N.J.)




White - Non Hispanic

Home State

New Jersey

War or Conflict

Operation Iraqi Freedom



Begin/End date of Service - 1st



Video; MovingImage


Entrance into Service


Branch of Service

U.S. Army

Unit of Service

US Forces-Iraq; US Embassy, Abu Dhabi; US Forces-Korea; III Corps, 8th US Army; Defense Language Institute; 3-347th; 1st Cavalry Division; 2nd and 3rd Infantry Divisions; 1st Armored Division

Location of Service

Baghdad (Iraq); Abū Ẓaby (United Arab Emirates: Emirate); Seoul (Korea); Uijeongbu (Korea); Orlando (Fla.); Monterey (Calif.); Fort Hood (Tex.); Fort Knox (Ky.); Fort Lewis (Wash.); Erlangen (Germany); Mannheim (Germany)

Highest Rank

Lieutenant Colonel; LTC

Prisoner of War


Service Related Injury





Legion of Merit


Specialize in: Armor; Transportation; Logistics (Theater level); Antiterrorism/Force Protection; Foreign Military Sales.


Not applicable

City of Birth


Country of Birth

United States


Ortiz, Andrew D.

Interview Date

Spring 3-28-2017

Location of Interview

Orlando, FL.


Schein, Ari; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; 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

80 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type