Oral History interview of Greg Pavilchko. Interview conducted by Lane, Cory; Hanlon, Cody at University of Central Florida Library.
0:10 Biographical info; family members in military; 1:09 Interest in joining military; 1st Gulf War; 1:35 Enlistment; 1:50 Basic training; Pharmacy Tech School; Nursing School; Ft. Silverbloom, Ft. Sam Houston; 3:20 Adapting to military lifestyle; 4:05 Deployment January 2006-March 2007; 4:20 Training for Iraq; 5:33 In transit to Iraq; staging area in Kuwait; 8:30 Nineveh province; Kurds; 9:18 Interactions with locals; Iraqi police + border patrol; local customs; 11:32 Reactions form Kurds to war; 14:25 Media portrayal of the war; Al-Jazeera; 15:28 Ramadi Counter-Insurgency Campaign; 17:00 Clear-Hold-Build Strategy; 19:51 Iraqi reaction to Clear-Hold-Build; fear for children/families; 21:46 Working with tribes; 22:08 Anbar Awakening and Travis Patriquin; using propaganda; insurgents not good Muslims; 25:20 Concerns of the Iraqi people; 26:16 The fall of Saddam; 27:02 Debathification and unemployment; 28:24 Public violence; 29:13 Second Battle of Ramadi; 31:49 Communication with family; 33:10 Life goals – career military; 34:05 Coming home and adjusting to civilian life; reintegration; 35:50 Contact with other soldiers – Facebook, email; 36:12 Reflections; greater tolerance, less inclined to violence.
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
Unit of Service
1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment; 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Ramadi; Battle of Rabiya
Bronze Star Medal; Navy Superior Unit Award
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Lane, Cory; Hanlon, Cody
Location of Interview
University of Central Florida Library
Pavilchko, Greg.; Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives; Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, 2001-present -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
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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UCF Community Veterans History Project
Greg, Pavilchko, "Pavilchko, Greg interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 81.