Randall S. Schumacher

Ohio Historical Society
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00:00:06 - Early Life and Decision to Join the Ohio National Guard

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Segment Synopsis: Randall S. Schumacher was born in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1983. He moved with his family to Dresden, Ohio in the 1990s when his father relocated for work. In his interview he talks about his family and their military history, his memories of 9/11, going to college, and his choice to join the Ohio National Guard. Schumacher recounts his basic training at Fort Jackson, training as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist.

Keywords: Dresden (Ohio); Fort Jackson (Columbia, S.C.); Fort Leonard Wood (Mo.); New Iberia (La.); Newark (Ohio); Ohio State University; Ohio. Army National Guard; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School

Subjects: Childhood; Decision to Enlist; Military Heritage; Military training; School

GPS: Fort Jackson (Columbia, S.C.)
Map Coordinates: 34.0550785,-80.8344315
00:41:38 - Deployment

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Segment Synopsis: Schumacher recounts his decision to join the 684th Area Support Medical Company and what it was like working with them. He discusses why he was chosen to go to Afghanistan during the troop surge in 2011, his pre-mobilization, and what Manas, Kyrgyzstan and western Afghanistan were like. Schumacher describes his mission at Shindand Air Base, a typical day on base, making friends in the military, and an average surgical team scenario. He explains how he dealt with the stresses of his job, the dark humor of medical staff, communicating with his family, and preparing to return home.

Keywords: Fort Hood (Tex.); Fort Lewis (Wash.); IED; Improvised explosive device; Kandahar; MEDEVAC; Shindand Air Base (Afghanistan); Transit Center at Manas (Kyrgyzstan : Air base); United States. Army. Medical Company, 684th

Subjects: Afghanistan; Deployment; Kyrgyzstan; Pre-mobilization; Working with the surgical unit

GPS: Transit Center at Manas (Kyrgyzstan : Air base)
Map Coordinates: 43.0481545,74.4672169
GPS: Fort Lewis (Wash.)
Map Coordinates: 47.1373138,-122.5378623
GPS: Shindand Air Base (Afghanistan)
Map Coordinates: 33.392222, 62.261111
02:07:16 - Coming home and life since

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Segment Synopsis: September 1, 2012 Schumacher returned to the United States with a dense of nervous euphoria. For the first time in years he was free to do what he wanted, when he wanted. Schumacher had a job interview, which he ended up getting, and a new apartment, life was wide open. He concludes by talking about his life now, his aspirations, how he feels the military affected him, and what people should know about those who serve.

Keywords: Columbus (Ohio); John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Railroad Division

Subjects: Coming home; Life now; Reflections on service