Browse Interviews (214 total)

In this interview, Faye Kincaid discusses growing up in San Francisco, California and her motivations for joining the Air Force. Kincaid then discusses life in basic training and what is was like to adapt to the rigorous structure and schedule. She comments on her biggest challenges, with those being missing her friends and family, as well as those…

Eugene R. Price discusses his career as a non-combat Veteran in the Untied States Coast Guard. In particular, Price comments on his decision to enlist in the Coast Guard, the hardships behind search and rescue, and some memories from his time in the service.

Eric B. Young Jr. discusses his childhood, time in the Navy, and his position as Master At Arms. In particular, Young details his life on a Naval carrier, education, friendships, brotherhood, mental health, the good and bad of serving, and the overall impact his service has had on his life.

PFC Eric Alexander Poynter recounts his time in the United States Army. In particular, Poynter comments on his time in basic training and the friendships he developed while enlisted. He also shares his advice for those who are currently thinking about joining the Armed Forces.

Dylyn Daughtry discusses his military service in the United States Army. In particular, Daughtry comments on his time in basic training, his deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan, the cultural differences of the people he met, the difficulties of staying in touch with family, and entertainment during his deployments. He also discusses being injured…

Dylan Adams discusses his time in the United States Coast Guard. In particular, Adams comments on his training, the involved travel, and his assignments in both Iowa and Maryland.

Donnie Burdine details his early life in Kentucky, his troubled early years, and his enlistment in the Air Force, which was suggested by a judge. In particular, Burdine comments on his choice to work as an engineer, being stationed in Korea, friends while stationed abroad, his readjustment back to civilian life, and his opinions on war and the VA.

Don Rogers discusses his time in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He details his travels, his job as a naval fireman, his experiences returning home after the war, and his career at an Army Weapons Depot.

Dennis Sinnett discusses his childhood, his time in the United States Navy, from enlistment to his final rank as a Captain. As a naval pilot, Sinnett comments on the different types of aircrafts he flew, as well as his experiences during deployment and the pressures of combat.

Dennis Ellinger details his time in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. In particular, Ellinger comments on his life before his enlistment, why he chose to enlist rather than face being drafted, his resulting deployment to Vietnam, his combat experiences, and being wounded. He also discusses what his life was like after the war and his reflections on…

Deborah Mills discusses her time in the military. Mills comments on her favorite aspects of military life, the exercises she participated in, and her interactions with male service members. She shares a story about a fight that she got into with another soldier while on the phone with her mother and the disciplinary actions she received as a result…

David R. Vickers details his childhood and his reasons for enlisting in the Army. In particular, Vickers comments on his decison to enlist, his work in the EKU ROTC program, being stationed in Vietnam, and what it was like to be in the military during the Cold War. He also discusses how his faith was a factor in his war experiences and details how…

Captain Darcie Cunningham discusses her twenty-four year career in the Coast Guard. Interview topics include, but are not limted to, gender discrimination, sexual harrassment, and her views on how the Veterans Affairs Department handles mental illness in its veterans.

Danny Cline discusses his time in the Army during Vietnam. In particular, Cline comments on being drafted, going to boot camp, being shipped to Vietnam, trying to handle the stress of being in a combat zone, the process of desensitization in a war zone, and the reception he received when he returned home.

Daniel Roten discusses how life struggles pushed him to enlist in the Air Force. Roten then details the friendships he created, the little things he missed from civilian life, and his memories from serving. Roten also gives his opinion on the needs of Veterans and the Veteran Affairs Department, including some of the changes that should be made.

Ret. Master Chief Daniel Brindley details his twenty-five year career in the United States Army. Brindley faced an early discharge for an injury, but he re-enlisted three years later. In particular, Brindley discusses what it was like to serve during the Cold War, his time in Panama during the Noriega Regime, his deployments to the Middle East…

Dan Gros recounts his time in the United States Army. In particular, Gros comments on his experiences during basic training, his deployment to Somalia, and his role as a Sergeant. He also discusses the good and bad that came from his service and the comforts of home that he missed most.

Dan Edwards discusses his time in the United States Air Force. In particular, he comments on his time during basic training, his deployment during the Vietnam War, and the racism he witnessed during his service. He also details the skills he picked up that help him perform well under pressure, and, explains his reluctancy to join groups like the…

Crystal Benbow discusses her time in the United States Army and her reintergration back into cilvilan life. In particular, Benbow comments on her reasons for enlisting, her experiences in basic training, and her deployment to Iraq. She also explains how the G.I. Bill helped her become a nurse, and she details how her military service has helped her…

Courtney Johnson discusses her service in the Army, why she enlisted, and what is was like to be a woman in the military. She details how the drill instructors were younger than her, the lack of privacy in the barracks, her work in the chemical unit, her promotion to an Operations Officer, her being stationed in Alaska, where she struggled with…

Retired Colonel David R. Alexander recounts his time in the miltiary, from his begingings in ROTC to ending his career as a Colonel. In particular, Col. Alexander comments on his experiences in the Middle East during the Gulf War and Operation Desert Shield. Col. Alexander also details how he led his troops during these times, as well as what it is…

Christopher Rechtin details his time in the United States Army and his return to civilian life. In particular, Rechtin comments on his choice to enlist, his time during basic training, and his feelings before deployment. He also shares his experiences during his deployment to Iraq, and comments on how the war changed him. He also discusses his easy…

Sargeant Christopher Petzke discusses his experiences in the United States Army. In particular, Petzke comments on his deployment to Iraq, his reasons for enlisting, and how he juggles the military and a family of nine.

Christopher Martin Hickey discusses influences in his life and his reasons for choosing the military for his career. Hickey also comments on his multiple deployments and how he saw it affect the people around him. The interview ended with him considering the VTS 200 class’ question of if there should be a mandatory military or at least a National…

Chris Winstead served as a Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps. From 1984-1990. Throughout his interview he discusses his boot camp experiences, life as both an active duty and reservist servicemember, and the fraternal bonds of the Marine Corps. He shares his frustrations with having lost his education benefits, and how he was not able to…

Chris Linder discusses his time in the United States Marines Corps., his deployments, and his return to civilian life. In particular, Linder comments on his deployment to Iraq during Desert Storm and a second deployment that was riddled with politcs and ever changing Rules of Engagement. He also details his involvement in humanitarian missions in…

Cherise N. Haney discusses her time in the United States Air Force, her position as a MP, and what it's like to get deployed. In particular, Haney discusses being a MP for Detainee Operations, rocket attacks, being female in the military, and the gender discrimination she faced and how it impacted her place in authority. She also discusses the…

Charles Hager discusses his time in the Marines during the Vietnam War and his eventual return to civilian life after being discharged. In particular, Hager discusses his training in the Infantry, his culture shock when landing in Vietnam, and the postive and negative experiences he had overseas. He also discusses his return to civilian life and…

In this interview, Carol Trainer details her life before joining the Air Force and her subsequent time in the military. Trainer shares details on her "normal" childhood and how a John F. Kennedy quote motivated her to join the military to prevent war. She comments on her time in bootcamp, the procedures that occurred after she got off the plane,…

Caitlyn Wills discusses her twenty year career in the United States Air Force. Interniew topics include, but are not limited to, her decision to join the Air Force, how she survived basic training, working in Intelligence, being stationed in New Mexico, and her intergration back into civilian life. She also discusses her work in the private sector…

Brian w. Gayheart discusses his time in the United States Army. In particular, Gayheart details his experiences during deployments and combat missions, shares his thoughts on being a crew member on a M1A1 tank, and, he traces his eventual path to higher education.

Brian Sheets details his time in the United States Army. In particular, Sheets details his enlistment, his time in basic training, and his deployment to Afghanistan. He also comments on his mental health struggles during and after enlistment, while also sharing his views on the PTSD crisis that many soliders grapple with after service.
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