Keith Kleinheksel Interview, November 13, 2020


Keith Kleinheksel


Mason Kleinheksel



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Keith Kleinheksel describes his decision to join the U.S. Navy after high school and his Navy Enlisted Classification [NEC] as a fire controlman. He discusses his military service in both active duty and the reserves from 1987 to 2007. Kleinheksel talks about the different deployments which he was sent on which included ports of call in Africa, Vancouver, and many others around the world. He describes his transition from active duty to civilian life, noting that one of the most stressful things was trying to find employment. He recalls the assistance of a friend who helped him get a job, and he talks about his current position with the Department of Defense. Kleinheksel notes that he took advantage of the G.I. Bill to obtain a degree, which also helped with the transition to civilian life.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Armed Forces; U.S. military; G.I. Bill; Military deployment; Ports of call; Duty station; Active military duty; Military reserves; Civilian contractor; Department of Defense; Lockheed Martin

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

San Diego, California



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 472-031

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:34:50): digital + 1 transcript (10 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_031.mp3; OH_472_031.pdf

Keith Kleinheksel Interview, November 13, 2020