Tyler Ogden

Ohio Historical Society
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00:00:07 - Introduction and Early Life

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Partial Transcript: So were just gonna start sort of from the beginning to get a sense of who you are and kind of where you come from. When and where were you born and what was your early experience like?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler Ogden tells us when he was born: 4/29/1992 in Springfield, OH. He lists the schools he attended while growing up, which were Horace Mann Elementary, Nightgale Montessori, and Northwestern High School. He goes on to say that his parents moved from town to a farmhouse, where he spent the rest of his youth. He currently lives in Huber Heights, although he says he continues to spend a lot of time in Springfield.

Keywords: Community Hostpital; Horace Mann Elementary; Huber Heights, Ohio; Nightingale Montessori; Northwestern High School; Springfield, Ohio

Subjects: Birth; Education, Elementary; Education, Secondary; Farm life; Montessori method of education

GPS: Community Hospital, Springfield, Ohio; Horace Mann Elementary School;Nightingale Montessori ; Northwestern High School; Huber Heights, OH;
Map Coordinates: 39.921535, -83.77713419999998 ; 39.9131575, -83.76577939999998 ; 39.9215113, -83.79264189999998 ; 40.3325577, -83.4640913 ; 39.84394699999999, -84.12466080000001
00:01:57 - Siblings

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Partial Transcript: How many siblings do you have? And what were some your early experiences like around middle school or your neighborhoods? What was your family like?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler speaks of his younger brother, who he describes as a hard worker, and a mature person. He discusses his parents' divorce in 1991. He says that his mother continued farming, while his father worked in the cement industry. He discusses the remarriage of both of his parents, and the birth of his twin half-brothers, born to his mother in her second marriage. He explains the impact of his mother's pregnancy on his life. He says that she was supportive of him, and that the integration of the new family has been beneficial for him and his brother.

Keywords: Brothers; Cell phone; Co-dependence; Ernst Concrete; Farm animals; Farm house; Farms; Generations; Maturity; Mentor; Outsiders; Parents; Pregnancy; Roles; Stepbrothers; Stepparents; Twins

Subjects: Brothers and sisters; Divorce; Grandchildren; Stepfamilies; Stepparents; Twins

00:06:18 - Family Did Not Have a Tradition of Military Service

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Partial Transcript: Is there a tradition of military service on either side of your family?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler says that although there is no military heritage in his family, he holds some historical connection to the service through artifacts he has discovered in the home of his grandparents. He recounts the discovery of a Civil War era rifle he found that his grandparents were unaware of. After some research he learned that it was an surplus gun (1866 or 1867) that had been distributed to farmers in Pennsylvania. He says that because of the rifle he felt a stronger connection to the military, and this encouraged him to join the service.

Keywords: Armory; Artifact; Belongings; Coincidences; Farmers; Grandparents; Heritage; History; Military; National Archives; Pennsylvania; Rifle; Service; Significance; Tradition; US Civil War; Wars; Washington, D.C.

Subjects: Archives; Grandparents; Military service, Voluntary; Weapons--History

GPS: Washington D.C.; Pennsylvania
Map Coordinates: 38.907192, -77.036871 ; 41.203322, -77.194525
00:09:37 - Thoughts on Enlistment

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Partial Transcript: So at what point did you decide to enter the armed services? How did you very first start to make that a consideration?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler talks about his decision to enlist in the military. He says that he started a post-secondary education, but was not excelling in school. His father suggested that he join the armed forces, but shortly thereafter, the 9/11 attacks occurred and his mother forbade him from enlisting. After two years, he says, he revisited the idea with his father and decided to join in February of 2003.

Keywords: Active duty; Blue collar; Career; Certifications; F-16s; Father; Full time student; Marriage; Memphis, Tennessee; Military base; Night flight; Part time student; Productivity; Recruiter; Reliance; Salary; Service; Technical school; Terrorist attacks

Subjects: Military service, Voluntary; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; Technical institutes; United States--Air National Guard

GPS: Columbus, Ohio ; World Trade Center, NY
Map Coordinates: 39.9611755, -82.99879420000002 ; 40.7118011, -74.01312
00:14:44 - Recollections of 9/11: Working on a Golf Course on 9/11

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Partial Transcript: What are your recollections of 9/11?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler recounts his experience on September 11, 2001. He says that he was doing landscaping work at the time, and that, being near Wright Patterson Air Force Base, he saw NAOC, the National Airborne Operations Center, which he described as a mobile Pentagon, take off from the station. He goes on to tell his perspective on the Flight 93 incident, which he believes to ultimately have been brought down by US military personnel.

Keywords: 9/11; Bob and Tom; Civilians; Conspiracy theories; Government; Justification; Military; Music; Obedience; Pennsylvania; Radio; Radio alert; Slanders Golf Course; Sonic boom; Target; Terrorist attacks; Trainings

Subjects: Civilian war casualties; Lawn care industry; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; Sonic boom; Terrorism; United Airlines Flight 93 Hijacking Incident, 2001; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Mound (Ohio)

00:22:22 - Basic Training

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Partial Transcript: Maybe we can zoom in to boot camp? Where did you do boot camp? Can you describe that experience and what that transition from civilian life to military life?

Segment Synopsis: While Tyler says he does not remember most of basic training, he recalls the intense heat at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antionio, Texas. He talks about the chaos that ensued as he arrived on the base. He goes on to discuss the various jobs that trainees had during training. He said that he joined the laundry crew, during which time he made various innovations to the laundry process, including better alphabetization for laundry separation.

Keywords: Army; Basic training; Boot camp; Civilian; Discipline; Drill instructor; Full Metal Jacket; Laundry crew; Military; Raindow flights; Reporting statements; Sir sandwich

Subjects: Alphabetizing; Basic training (Military education)

GPS: Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas ;
Map Coordinates: 29.380036, -98.588476
00:27:49 - Basic Training Story

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Partial Transcript: One of the most unique things that he remembers about basic training.

Segment Synopsis: Tyler recalls the prison-like aspects of his basic training experience. He says that his superiors were strict and often humiliated the recruits. He gives an example of this, that the commanding officer would read the recruits' mail aloud to the whole group. He talks about the strictness of the commanding officers, but that over time, the atmosphere became friendlier.

Keywords: About face; Aerial view; Basic training; Bay; Central command; Chow hall; Dining facility; Dorm chief; Drill instructor; Embarrassment; Mail; Prison; Sergeant; Sergeant Nance

Subjects: Aerial views; Military bases

00:31:38 - Bunkmate Story

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Partial Transcript: I remember seeing Dominic Logilia inside his office all the time. (Bunkmate)

Segment Synopsis: Tyler describes his relationship with his basic training bunkmate, and recounts an experience when they agreed to help each other through basic training. He goes on to say that following their departure from boot camp, they lost contact, but that they reconnected when they were both deployed to Baghdad.

Keywords: Ageing; Alignment; Baghdad; Bunkmate; Deployment; Discipline; El Paso, Texas; Facebook; Failure; Hospital corners; Inspections; Instructors office; Internet; Lackland; Lockers; Myspace; Ohio; Reunion; Salt Lake City, Utah; Stress; Success; Teamwork; Technology; Wall locker

Subjects: Armed Forces--Officers; Basic training (Military education); Internet

GPS: Fort Bliss, El Paso, Tx ; Airport St, Baghdad, Iraq
Map Coordinates: 31.812438, -106.421321 ; 33.273166, 44.226129
00:37:48 - Moment of Transition

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Partial Transcript: Is there a moment where you realized that you had transitioned. That you are no longer a civilian in your thinking in your actions or the way you interacted with others. Is there a moment or event where you--

Segment Synopsis: Tyler says the line between civilian and military personnel became clear to him when he began working as a military police officer following technical school. As an officer he says he had to change his demeanor depending on the person he was interacting with. He describes the attitude he had to employ with civilians who were often scared, as compared to his way of approaching other military personnel or their families. He goes on to describe the stressful nature of protecting the area around the base, which he says was difficult due to lack of resources.

Keywords: Airforce; Alcohol; Army; Authority; Drug crimes; Jurisdiction; Military law; Military uniform; Officer; Professionalism; Respect for superiors; Retirees; Service; Technical school; Theft; Warrants; rank

Subjects: Military bases; Military police; Technical institutes

GPS: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Map Coordinates: 39.8137298, -84.053745
00:41:30 - AIT for Security Forces

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Partial Transcript: What was your military occupational specialty? And did you receive advanced training after basic training?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler describes his continued training in Savannah, Georgia. He says that he worked as a security officer at Wright Patterson AFB after that. He talks about the training he received in security forces, which included professionalism, because of the forward facing nature of his position. Tyler says that he, like many others, was confined to security force positions for a long time, which he says led to burnout in other recruits. He says that due to this, suicide and drug abuse rates in security forces were very high.

Keywords: Active duty; Air Force; Chief; Courtesy; Deployment; Events training; Gate guard; Military suicide; On-the-job training; Professionalism; Savannah, Georgia; Security forces; Springfield, Ohio; Technical school; Training; Wartime; Weapons; Wright Patterson AFB

Subjects: Arrest; Military bases; Military police; Suicide

GPS: Savannah, GA, USA ; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA

Map Coordinates: 32.083541, -81.099834 ; 39.81373, -84.053745
00:48:34 - Assigned to a "Really Cool Job in Supply"

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Partial Transcript: You support your friends. And then I got a really cool job-

Segment Synopsis: Tyler talks about a position he held in supply, where his responsibility was to maintain military vehicles. He says that he enjoyed this position, and made many strides for the supply department. He goes on to discuss the people that he worked with during this time, including some young men he referred to as the "ROD squad," who had been relieved of duty because of some disciplinary action. He says that he worked with these young men to help them return to the service in honorable conditions. He recounts the story of one ROD squad member, Chris, who ultimately improved after working with Tyler in supply. Tyler says that after two years in this job, he was transferred to a different department.

Keywords: Declassified police vehicles; Deployment manager; Discipline; Equipment; Leadership; Material manager; Mentor; Passion; Productivity; ROD squad; Service; Squadron; Supply; Vehicles

Subjects: Military discharge; Police vehicles

01:07:22 - Volunteering to Deploy

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Partial Transcript: So what was the international scene like, when you volunteered where did you expect that you would land? And what motivated you?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler explains the process of volunteering. He sat in a room where deployment volunteers were needed, although the location was not provided. Tyler says he added himself to the list of primary volunteers, along with some friends. He says that at the time, the deployment location was unknown to him and that this mystery was exciting for him.

Keywords: Air Force; Danger; Deployment; Logistics; Military base; Primary; Squadron; Volunteer

01:09:00 - Deploying to Baghdad

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Partial Transcript: What were you told? Where was your first deployment?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler's first deployment was in Baghdad at the Baghdad international airport. He explains the location of Sathers Air Force Base, which is where he was stationed, compared to other US bases around Baghdad.

Keywords: Air Force; Baghdad International Airport; Camp Liberty; Camp Victory; Civilians; Region; Saddam Hussein; Sathers Air Force Base

Subjects: Military bases, Foreign

GPS: Airport St, Baghdad, Iraq
Map Coordinates: 33.273166, 44.226129
01:10:24 - Late in the War

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Partial Transcript: So when you first landed in Baghdad what moment were we in-in the war? What year was it?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler explains the state of the war when he arrived in Iraq. He says that within months of his arrival, the war tactics of the US military changed, moving from Operation Enduring Freedom, whose purpose was to oust Saddam Hussein from power, to Operation New Dawn, which aimed to enforce democracy in Iraq. He goes on to discuss the work he was assigned on the base. Similar to his work at WPAFB, he was tasked with equipment upkeep and management. He then talks about the difficulties of his work on the base.

Keywords: Barbarians; CHU housing; Civil Engineering; Convoy; Democracy; Helicopter; Inventory; Islam; Motor pool; Neutrality; Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation New Dawn; Religion; Saddam Hussein; Shia Muslims; Sunni Muslims; Way of life; Westerners; Xenophobia

Subjects: Democracy--Religious aspects--Baptists, [Catholic Church, etc.]; Democracy--Religious aspects--Islam; Democratization--International cooperation; Iraq War, 2003-2011; Islam; New democracies; Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001-; Shiites; Sunnites

01:18:01 - Day-to-day Life

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Partial Transcript: So what was day-to-day life like for you during that deployment? Help me understand what your experience was like. What was the sentiment on the ground-

Segment Synopsis: Tyler describes the terrain of the base when he arrived in Baghdad. He says that the first few months were dominated by rain and mud. He goes on to talk about his position as VCO (vehicle control officer), which he says was difficult because all the equipment was broken. He says that his first task was to organize the job itself, making sure that he had proper communication with other departments, such as the Civil Engineers and the Motorpool. He says he then focused on repairing the 48 vehicles of which he was in charge. He also took charge of maintaining sky towers, which he did with the assistance of two outside contractors, one of whom he says was a Navy SEAL Commander and author.

Keywords: Airfield; Civil engineers; Commander; Contractor; Guard; KBR Transportation; License; Manuals; Motorpool; Navy SEAL; Rainy season; Semi truck; Sky towers; Solar panels; VCO; Watch spots; Wright Patterson AFB; debris; fork lift; inventory; maintenance

Subjects: Civil engineering; Motor vehicles--Maintenance and repair; Special forces (Military science); Vehicles, Military

GPS: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA ; Baghdad, Iraq ;
Map Coordinates: 39.81373, -84.053745 ; 33.312806, 44.361488
01:33:08 - Tuesday Morning Meetings

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Partial Transcript: So we had these Tuesday Morning Meetings-

Segment Synopsis: Tyler discusses meetings he had with his superiors on a weekly basis. He says that he presented his progress to them and that the officers responded positively to his work. He goes on to talk about the changing weather conditions as the summer months came. He says the heat would often reach 130 degrees, and that sandstorms occurred on occasion. He says that during this period, hydration was vital to the people on the base, because the weather was so dry.

Keywords: Dehydration; Heat; Meetings; Presentation; Safety; Sandstorm; Sauna

Subjects: Dehydration (Physiology); Sandstorms

01:36:15 - Amenities

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Partial Transcript: The amenities weren't too bad.

Segment Synopsis: Tyler talks about the amenities on the Camp Sathers base as well as at Camp Victory and Camp Liberty. He says that the food was of fairly high quality, and that there was somewhat reliable power and water access, partially because there was also an embassy on the base. He goes on to describe various leisure venues in the area that troops had access to, including makeshift Taco Bells, Burger Kings, as well as locally owned shops and other entertainment venues. He also discusses other sites, such as palaces that had been owned by Saddam Hussein.Then he recounts a work experience, transporting a large piece of equipment between the bases. He says that many work experiences were challenging because there was very little precedent for him to go off of.

Keywords: dining facility; water buffaloes

Subjects: Fast food restaurants; Leisure; Palaces--Iraq; Social norms

01:50:21 - Morale

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Partial Transcript: I am curious about morale. How-how were people doing? What were your relationships like with other people in the camp? And how was morale?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler says that while he was in Baghdad, morale was fairly high. He says that a steady routine contributed to this, and that there were various forms of entertainment which maintained the spirits of the troops.

Keywords: Concerts; Entertainment tent; Morale; Swimming pool; Village; Volleyball

Subjects: Military morale

01:51:00 - Fishing in Saddam's Lakes

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Partial Transcript: So morale was not to bad-

Segment Synopsis: Tyler describes his experience taking other soldiers on fishing trips to various man-made lakes that were adjacent to palaces that had belonged to Saddam Hussein. He says that he was in charge of these expeditions, and that this was a leisure activity that he shared with other troops.

Keywords: Cabela's; Catfish; Eels; Equipment; Fishing; Palaces; Saddam's lakes; Vehicles

Subjects: Fishing; Leisure; Reservoirs

01:53:34 - Larger Impact on the Mission

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Partial Transcript: How prevalent was it in your mind and in others mind that the work you did on a daily basis was a direct- had a direct impact on our troops and their safety? Was that ever present?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler talks about the respect he earned while on the job in Baghdad. He says that although at first people found it difficult to accept that he held a position of authority despite his relatively low standing, he proved himself through his work. He then talks about the vehicles that he maintained, many of which were leased from local Turkish people. He says that one of these men in particular, Speedy, he bonded with and built a good working relationship with. He says that he received gifts from Speedy, including a truck for the base.

Keywords: Americans; Finance; Gift; Kurdish; Leases; Master sergeant; Pick-up trucks; Respect; Staff sergeant; Tech sergeant; Turkish; US government; Vehicles

01:59:38 - Significant Losses

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Partial Transcript: During your time there on base did you- did your base experience any major events or were there things that impacted you that were significant- were there any significant losses of um equipment that went out and didn't come back or-

Segment Synopsis: Tyler talks about the fraternity between himself and other members of the service. He says that being near the Mortuary Affairs Building was difficult, and that he recognized the difficulties of working in that department. He says he saw a lot of loss of life during his time in Baghdad. He recounts his experience of hearing a convoy explosion near his base, and seeing a completely decimated humvee, and feeling helpless upon seeing the devastated responders.

Keywords: C-130; Caskets; Death; Explosion; Fraternity; Humvee; Impact; Losses; Mortuary Affairs; Purple hearts

Subjects: Armored vehicles, Military; Hummer trucks; Military helicopters; War casualties

02:05:17 - Injured During a Rocket Attack

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Partial Transcript: So um how long- how long were you there before you were injured?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler was there starting Jan. 3rd and was injured on July 8th at 10:30pm. Since it was almost the end of the deployment he was tasked with very dangerous acts. The embassy was going to take over so they were refortifying the walls. So all the Constantine wire, and concrete needed to be moved. After cutting them down from the walls Tyler was asked to clean them then move the walls to designated areas. Tyler would then use the fork lift to move them around, since they would sometimes get stuck in the forks, wheels, or axels, and such so he had to get big bulk cutters to cut them in a effort to release the tension. At this point in time he felt less comfortable taking others out on fishing trips since the rockets were coming frequently to the area. After a long day of working he went back to his bunk when his friend Tim called him asking to take him fishing. Although he felt hesitant he agreed to go. He also had already packed away his first aid kit, and was just very tired of being constantly aware of his surroundings and the safety of others. So despite the feelings he decided to go out on a fishing trip with some friends. They had parked by the bridge and stood on top of the bridge for awhile near the home of a general. This place was a safer zone and was called Freedom Rest for active members to take there two weeks off. Tyler also felt in the air that something was off, but decided to go out and have fun since it was one of their last nights. Tyler casted one last time, and felt a tug he enthusiastically started to reel it in when sirens went off. When the system went off (the system determined when and where the impact would hit) so after it determined what would be impacted the c-ram was notified. It is then their responsibility to shoot out the threat in the sky. He recalls knowing straight away that they were in the exact spot of impact. So he advised his friends to run, and try to escape from the bridge. After jumping over the ledge he saw the c-ram shoot a round and it missed the target. As that passes Jessica's hook caught on his shoulder, and turned him just in time to see the rocket landing next to him. The blast was so powerful it gave him an out of body experience, that made it hard to believe he was alive. The power and energy was so overpowering that it was crazy to think he was able to get up and run to take cover with Rob and Jessica. Next, the alarm finishes and they get the message that it was all clear. Tim then comes out of nowhere to help. It felt like an angel had appeared to save him since he had so much more experience. Rob then went to get help, although, they couldn't hear each other just read each others lips which was such a strange interaction for them all. Rob then stuck his finger into the would to hold pressure in an effort to save his life. Tyler recalls thinking wanting desperately to call his mother and apologize, and asking the lord to send a message for him. He then decided that he was going to live with his honor. He recalls feeling the presence of his father ever since his passing. He knew his father was with him in spirit. Next, Rob came back and the realization hit that his med-pack was not there. So Rob ended up running for help breaking his ankle in the process and came back with an army medic. All of these people started to show up to find the impact sight which was meant to be the generals home, but was deterred due to the wind. As they ran him out on a stretcher he was met by a private escort of the generals and put him in the back of the car to transport him. As he started losing consciousness the medic tried his best to keep him alert. Through all the pain Tyler insisted on getting into the truck by himself and with help he was able to get in using the strength from within. He recalls the medic letting him know that they were gonna worry about him and not to worry about his friends at the moment. While they were driving there came more rockets which landed right next to the suburban. Tyler recalls thinking he was just not meant to live that night. Next, he arrives at his first sight and the doctors begin to work on him, and put a new tunicate. By this point his leg was huge from collecting blood. He then noticed something sticking out of his leg which proved to be a piece of metal after x-ray tests were done. Overwhelmed he remembers being scared he was going to lose his leg. Another rocket was near, and the sirens started again so he yelled at everyone until they closed the doors to help keep them all alive. The general who they were targeting eventually caught up to the perpetrators in which one was killed, four were captured, and one escaped but turned himself in later on. Many people thought very highly of him and the incident reinforced this idea in him. Still humble he thanked each and every person who saved his life knowing that they worked very hard everyday and had seen worse on a daily basis. Next, he was loaded up and taken to the next base hospital. Loaded and geared up he was being transported when the person his vehicle was following suddenly had to leave due to another incident. So Tyler then used his intuition to direct the driver since he knew every inch of the place. When they pulled in everyone was expecting him to be dead, so it was a pleasant surprise for everyone on the base. Right when they got there the vehicle died, as the drivers communicated this Tyler's commander thought they were talking about Tyler dying and became furious. When everything was cleared up Tyler was checked up on and tested for brain trauma.

Keywords: 2 weeks; Arial; Constantine wire; Freedom Rest; active members; adrenaline; alert; angel; ankle; area; attacks; axels; bass; beliefs; blast; blood loss; brain trauma; break; bridge; broken bones; bug bulk cutters; bunk; burned out; c-ram; calm; car; clean; clear; closer; comfortable; consciousness; cord; cover; cry; cut; dangerous; dates; dead; death; deferred; deployment; desperate; destiny; directions; doctors; doors; embassy; ending; energy; escape; exact; exhausted; explosion; father; finger; first aid; first aid kit; fishing trips; food; forks; friends; full moon; fun; furious; geared up; general; generals home; god; ground; gust; gut feelings; honor; hook; humble; impact; incident; injury; intense; intuition; killed; landing; last nights; leg; life; lost; loud; luck; machinery; med-pack; medic; medication; memories; mentally; metal; miscommunication; missed; morally; mother; move; movement; night time; origin; out of body experience; overpowering; pain; parking; peer pressure; perpetrators; pleads; powerful; pray; presence; private escort; process; protection; relaxation; religious; rest; rockets; run; running; safer; saver; sectors; sharp; shelter; shock; shoulder; sirens; sky; smart; spirit; spot; stations; strategic; strength; stretcher; stuck; stupid; suburban; take cover; take over; target; technology; tension; thankful; threat; tired; transport; trip; two-star; two-star general; vehicles; walls; weather; wheels; wind; wire; worn out; worry; wound; x-ray; zone; zones

02:42:50 - Deciding to Stay

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Partial Transcript: If he has traumatic brain injury he leaves right now straight for Germany.

Segment Synopsis: At that moment he could hear a helicopter outside but the thought of being by himself in a strange place not knowing anyone was not favorable since he only had 26 days left. He felt very connected to everyone there and while it was scary he had gotten there with them so he wanted to stay there with them. The dedication he showed to everyone was returned in kindness and support his last days there as they took care of him in his time of need. It was a great life lesson for him and a very humbling experience.

Keywords: Germany; authorization; bacteria; bandage; bed; beneficiaries; care; colonel; comfy; death; decisions; deployment; effort; food; gange green; helicopter; hell; help; humbling; hygiene; lessons; life; live; lonely; major; options; questions; shower; stubborn; support; team work; time of need; trauma; vice versa; wits; wound

02:45:59 - Awarded the Purple Heart

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Partial Transcript: Um you were awarded the purple heart for your service?
Tyler: yes
Um, how did that come to be?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler was awarded the purple heart after his service, although he did not even know what a purple heart was at the time. He was also very unsure of what to expect when he got home. He was very surprised at how high listed the medal was that he was receiving. The history behind it astounded him. However, he was still shocked at how extravagant the celebration was and exactly who was going to be there. Tyler was new to all of this and did not really understand the significance of it all in the midst of all the issues he was going through at that time. Tyler was going through surgery, wound healing therapy, learning how to walk again, and physical therapy. At the ceremony he saw Dave Bower and one other gentleman that were both purple heart recipients, as he was interviewed by a news channel he saw his family in the audience and began to cry since he was so overwhelmed with all the commotion as well as the honor of having all of these important representatives there to shake his hand.

Keywords: Ashton; Dave Bower; George Washington; Ogden; Vietnam veteran; advice; award; award listing; banquet; big deal; blazers; break down; burn; camera; camera man; complexity; congress; distance; enemy; family; fast; fire; foot; general; grandparents; home; hurts; interview; jogging; join; leg; medal; merit; mother; news; old; organization; overwhelmed; pain; physical therapy; presentation; presidential; proclamation; purple shirts; representatives; research; rocket; running; scar tissue; serious; shake; show; sign; significant; small talk; speed; stretching; symbolization; talking; teaching; tears; thanks; therapy; throbs; tradition; two star general; walk; walking; wound healing

02:54:18 - 90 Days (PTSD)

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Partial Transcript: Sierra was there she helped me, but at the same time I had issues that i would- like dark demons within me that I had no idea how to deal with or how to handle.

Segment Synopsis: Tyler wonders where his support system was. Sierra helped somewhat but she was unable to help him deal with his PTSD especially since even he was unaware of what was going on. Then a pregnancy complicated things further. He recalls being overwhelmed with all the things going on and decided to get help. The other veterans shared their stories with him and helped him work through the same problems that they had gone through at some point. This helped him a lot in the long run, as well as some counseling. So he felt very humbled to have that help from others who did not have the same resources.

Keywords: PTSD; Sierra; alcoholics; alive; dark; deal; demons; disorder; flying; focus; god; grateful; handle; hard; home; hot mess; human; humble; issues; overwhelming; persona; post; pregnancy; relationship strain; religion; rough; sacrifice; scary; share; stories; stress; support; survival; traumatic; war

02:58:32 - Admitting He Had PTSD

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Partial Transcript: So when did you admit to yourself that you were struggling with post traumatic stress disorder? And what did you decide to do?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler did not fully understand it yet but recalls that his friends saw a different side of him and knew that it was not good. He ended up staying with his brother for two years and tried to pay him back by doing all the chores however, there were days when he would just flip out due to the PTSD. So his brother and his friends on base going through the same thing convinced him to go see the counselor on the base. After seeing her he realized that her work was amazing and had him replace that bad thought with a good thought. For him its the pine woods forest in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Keywords: Ohio; PTSD; Pine Woods; Yellow Springs; action; active; admitting; adopted; bad; base; brain; break down; bridge; change your memory; changes; check-ins; chores; control; counseling; different; discussions; disorder; dream; emotions; eyes; family; fixed; flip; focus mind; friends; give back; happy; help; holster; hypnotism; leg; letting go; memory; normal; pause; picture; play; point of view; purpose; realization; recliner; relaxation; remote; replace; replaying; right leg; scared; sessions; sit; sleep; sobbing; stand; support; tears; tragic; trance; watch; world; wrong

GPS: Yellow Springs, Ohio
Map Coordinates: 39.806449, -83.886874
03:06:23 - Reintroduction to Life

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Partial Transcript: Do you wanna talk about reintroduction um more broadly about political landscapes that you have had to navigate. How are you welcomed back into different aspects of your life. Professionally? Socially?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler feels his experience has changed the way he thinks. He has broadened his horizons, and adopted stronger political views as well as received immense respect. He also realizes that he worked through his issues and there are others who ended up on the streets. He is astounded how people are always asking him for advice and help since he has all the connections that he has made through bring humble.

Keywords: accepting; advice; baby; broad; connections; cop; fund-raising; get things done; growth; heart; homeless; house; interactions; issues; life; love; material; mature; meaning; motorcycles; political; political views; purple heart; respect; service; share; social; steady; strange; symbolization; thankful; thought process; truck; vehicles; veterans

03:09:15 - Virtues of Service

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Partial Transcript: What do you think are your greatest virtues that you developed based upon your service. What -what are the things that you hold the closest about your self.

Segment Synopsis: Tyler feels he has always excelled at helping others, and the accomplishment in his life has come with its challenges. He also wonders how his life would have been like without the military and its unique mindset that made it possible for him be strong enough to go through all the terrors he went through.

Keywords: acceleration; accepting; accomplishments; challenges; development; driven into; experience; feeling; hopeful; hug; humble; impacted; mentality; mid set; minds; opportunity; overcome; person; reassurance; service member; share; situation; survival; taught; vice versa; virtues

03:11:20 - Working as a Recruiter

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Partial Transcript: How did you get into recruiting? And um what- how do you spend your days now?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler was friends with the old recruiter and recalls constantly picking on each other. However, he became ill so his position became open. Tyler decided to apply. When he interviewed he recalled talking about how he wanted to help others the way the military helped him and it was clear that he had a drive in him that the employers liked. So with the new income and Vp coming in he was able to relax about the finances for awhile. Still stressed out he ended up with Shingles the night before the new training. After seeing weird spots and being in immense pain he went to the hospital and refused to go home. With much determination he made it through the entire course and passed. He then speaks of how the great benefits of the guard can be. He is there to guide them onto a path so they can have the best out of life.

Keywords: Bacardi Miles; Charlotte; Shingles; Vp; ambitious; application; base; benefits; career; commander; course; determination; drive; employees; employers; ethic; excitement; finances; folders; friends; guard; helping others; hospital; immense; interview; job; life; love; medical; pain; path; personal; rash; recruiting; refusal; relax; share; slacker; story; stressed; superiors; training; weird spots; work ethic

Subjects: United States--Armed Forces--Recruiting, enlistment, etc

03:22:47 - What the Public Should Know About People Who Serve

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Partial Transcript: Um, if about 1% of our population serves. What do you think people should know about military service? About combat or about the people who served.

Segment Synopsis: He feels that people should know that respect is given where respect is due. He feels like any other police, firefighting, and security profession but on a global perspective. He wants people to know its about impacting lives for the better of world and country. He wants everyone to know that its not all about killing and war. He likes to think that every type of job is a part of life even if you dont particularly like it. He doesn't ask for respect but does receive it and knows to give it back to others. He also feels grateful to receive more respect then he feels he deserves.

Keywords: career; challenge; comfortable; connections; country; criminals; fire fighting; global perspective; grateful; gun; impact; interference; job; killing; ma'am; mandatory; military; needs; obedience; orders; part of life; profession; protections; public; qualification; relationships; respect; responsibility; security; segregation; service; sir; social constructs; society; split; standard; wants; war; way of life; world

03:27:46 - To Soldiers Returning Home

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Partial Transcript: What would you say to the duty- troops or service support men who are returning now?

Segment Synopsis: Tyler thinks its very important for them to reach out for help. He wants people to know that selfish acts like suicide should not happen since there are resources with people who care about you. People understand what you are going through and are able to listen to your struggles then give you amazing insight. Tyler wants people to reach out and do something with their lives.

Keywords: American Legion; Masonic Temple; PTSD; Vietnam; abuse; accordances; advice; alcohol; care; clinics; continue; crazy; damage; depression; drugs; duty; experiences; favor; feelings; home; hope; humbling; insight; lazy; life; mental disorders; message; non profit; over seas; reach out; respect; returning; ridiculous; self fish; service members; shut out; stoop; stop; struggles; suicide; support; troops; wise