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Description

Oral History interview of Charles Major. Interview conducted by Oswmer Louis at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.

Log

0:01 Introduction; 0:50 Life before service; 6:28 Entering the military; 11:02 Learning Logistics; 14:23 First Assignment; 17:43 Challenges in Alaska; 20:26 Leaving Fairbanks for Australia; 21:29 First impressions of Woomera; 24:55 Life in the village; 30:04 Moving to Nebraska; 31:48 Responsibilities in Nebraska; 35:12 Entering the Gulf War; 37:09 Culture differences in Riyadh; 40:17 Entering Dharahn; 43:12 Dangers of the Middle East; 47:26 Going off base/ impact of prayer schedules; 50:33 Royal Air Force Base in Cyprus; 52:20 Secret mission in Cyprus; 58:02 Moving to Iceland; 1:01:35 Lurking Russian Bomber; 1:03:21 Moving to Tampa/ New technology; 1:05:23 Feelings coming back to the U.S; 1:08:32 Big move to Fort Belvoir/ New Pressures; 1:13:45 Working in the context of 9/11; 1:15:12 Overall experience at Belvoir; 1:16:07 Dover AFB; 1:17:21 Deployment to Qatar; 1:20:14 Difficulties in Dover; 1:24:00 New assignment in Alabama; 1:27:26 Moving with family; 1:29:07 Abrupt retirement; 1:33:03 Life after the Air Force; 1:37:00 Awards; 1:37:39 Take away from the service.

Date of Birth

1963-08-20

Place of Birth

Gainesville (Fla.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Florida

War or Conflict

Persian Gulf War

Status

Veteran

Begin/End date of Service - 1st

1985-10-15

2011-12-31

Entrance into Service

Unknown

Branch of Service

U.S. Air Force

Unit of Service

Logistics Readiness Squadron; Communications Squadron; Logistics Readiness Squadron/Civil Engineering Logistics United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia; Det 1 Cyprus (Project Olive Harvest); Icelandic/NATO Defense; Joint Communications Support Element (Tampa Florida); Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)J-3/4; Logistics Readiness Squadron (Dover AFB DE) Air Force Logistics Management Agency

Location of Service

Alaska; Australia; Nebraska; Saudi Arabia; Cyprus; Iceland; Tampa (Fla.); Fort Belvoir (Va.); Dover Air Force Base (Del.); Gunter AFB (Ala.)

Highest Rank

Senior Master Sergeant; SMSgt; E-8

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Unspecified

Medals

Meritorious Service Medal; Commendation Medal

Achievements

The veteran was involved in: Missile Warning; Project Olive Harvest; Foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia; DLA Logistics Metrics production for Armed Forces; Enterprise Resource Planning development for DLA and USAF. He has won Meritorious Service Medal (three times) and other medals.

Note

Was in the first and second Gulf War.

City of Birth

Gainesville

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Louis, Oswmer

Interview Date

Fall 10-17-2017

Location of Interview

Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida

Subjects

Major, Charles; Persian Gulf War -- 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

Contributors

Louis, Oswmer

Length of Interview

101 Minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

Video; MovingImage

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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