Oral history interview of Christine Elizabeth (Thompson) Falkowski. Interview conducted by Lauren Burrows at Falkowski’s mother’s home in St. Cloud, Florida.
1:00 Decision to join the Army; 1:30 Why she chose Army branch; 1:50 First day of service; 2:20 Description of boot camp experience; 3:15 First few months after basic training; 3:45 First assignment and what it entailed; 4:20Conflicts that occurred during service; 5:02 How job description changed during conflict; 6:25 Most challenging aspect of positions held; 7:25 Most memorable experience; 11:30 Differences Falkowski observed among militarybranches; 12:43 Most rewarding aspect of service; 13:55 Proudest experience during service; 16:25 Most dangerous experience; 18:00 Challenges of being a woman in the military; 20:23 Keeping in touch with family; 21:25Friends who had good luck tricks; 22:03 Off-duty activities; 24:13 Pranks on comrades; 25:48 Favorite place she visited during service; 26:50 Last day of service; 28:35 First few weeks after discharge; 29:20 Friendships formedduring service; 30:58 Career path to journalism; 31:48 Views of today’s military; 34:00 Opinion on wars; 35:49 Impact of military experience on civilian life; 37:30 Hope that current service members recognize their value; finalthoughts.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Fort Worth (Tex.)
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Location of Service
CONUS (Continental United States)
Master Sergeant; MSG
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Army Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Reserve Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Rifle Badge Sharpshooter
Flight Medic; evaluator/ controller; honor graduate, First Sergeant Academy; PROFIS; manning table specialist, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Falkowski’s mother’s home in St. Cloud, FL.
Falkowski, Christine E.; Women and the military -- United States; Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
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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Christine (Thompson), Falkowski Elizabeth, "Falkowski, Christine Elizabeth (Thompson) interview" (2010). Veterans Oral Histories. 6.