Oral History interview of Charles Major. Interview conducted by Oswmer Louis at Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida.
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
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
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.)
Senior Master Sergeant; SMSgt; E-8
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Meritorious Service Medal; Commendation Medal
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.
Was in the first and second Gulf War.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Colbourn Hall, University of Central Florida
Major, Charles; Persian Gulf War -- 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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Charles, Major, "Major, Charles interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 567.