Student-Veteran Oral History Project

Narrator Name

Dustin Thomas

Interviewer Name

Hailey Stamper

Context for Interview

Thomas volunteered to be interviewed for Dr. Higbee’s ENGL 468: Oral History course to examine the transition from military to college, as well as examining how military experience has changed student’s college experience.

Brief Description of Interview

The interview focuses on Thomas’s military experience. He joined the Air Force out of high school and was deployed to Saudi Arabia after September 11th, 2001. His service ended before his enlisted time was completed, as he volunteered to end his service early. Thomas discusses how his family helped to sway him towards joining the military and the strains that the military put upon his relationships and personal life. Dustin now attends the University of South Carolina Aiken, studying mechanical engineering. He is married for the second time and has a 9-year-old stepson. He hopes to transfer to USC Columbia to continue working for his degree and wishes to travel more in the future.

Location of Interview


Duration of Interview

29 min

Date of Birth



Shelbyville, TN



Dates of Service


Branch/Units of Service

Air Force; 20th Emergency Maintenance Squadron

Theaters/Locations of Service

Shaw AFB; Saudi Arabia

Highest Rank Attained


Major Course of Study

Mechanical engineering

Previous College/University Experience

Augusta Tech

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