Oral history interview with Erica Lauren Florio. Interview conducted by Jared Crespo in Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida on September 27, 2018.
0:18 Birthplace; 0:25 Growing up in Southern Delaware; 0:57 Family; 1:38 Decisions that led to Joining Military; 2:53 Why Air Force; 3:33 Thoughts Going into Basic Training; 4:32 Remember any Specific Instructors; 4:53 Acclimation to Military Life; 5:44 Specialized Training; 6:06 Location Served After Training; 6:50 Notable Experiences in Italy; 7:48 Husband; 8:40 Learning Italian; 8:54 Main Motivation While Serving; 10:05 Friendships During Service; 10:58 Morale; 11:52 Proudest Accomplishment; 12:42 Things Missed; 14:20 Interactions with Locals; 15:10 Friction Between Nationals; 16:30 Communications with Family; 17:40 Father and Grandfather’s Service; 18:30 Final Rank and Years Served; 18:35 Thoughts at End of Service; 19:32 Adjusting to Civilian Life; 20:50 How Military Experience Aided in Current Work; 21:28 What Civilians take for Granted; 23:28 Veteran Organizations; 24:20 VTAS Healthcare; 27:01 How Service Affected Daily Civilian Life; 27:50 Remain in Contact with Fellow Vets; 29:12 Regrets; 30:08 Change in Support of Veterans; 31:50 Advice for those who Might Enlist; 32:36 Anything Else; 32:54 Message for Future Generations.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Aviano Air Base (Italy)
Staff Sergeant; SSgt
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Served as Pediatrician and Dental Hygienist.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, Florida
Florio, Erica Lauren; Women and the military -- United States; Operation Iraqi Freedom -- 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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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Floria, Erica Lauren interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 608.