Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

From Combat to County Court

Long before she was a judge, Tina Caraballo enlisted in the Army at 17. From the rich countryside of Germany to the dry deserts of the Middle East, Judge Caraballo spent the next ten years honing her skills as a soldier and as a nuclear, biological, and chemical operations specialist. Tune in as she and Chief Judge Don Myers discuss her experiences during bootcamp, active duty, and motherhood in the military.

Show Notes

  • 1:50 - Choosing the Army branch of military
  • 5:18 - Basic training
  • 8:13 - Nuclear, biological and chemical operations (NBC) training
  • 9:53 - Experience in Germany
  • 10:43 - Day to day job responsibilities
  • 11:47 - Active duty combat
  • 18:48 - After conflict ended, time lapse between then and returning home
  • 20:05 - Judge Caraballo and husband deployment
  • 20:54 - Commitment to service as a soldier and judge
Open Ninth
Episode 87

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 30:14



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Orange County Judge Tina Caraballo
Tina L. Caraballo

Orange County Judge

Judge Caraballo has served as an Orange County Judge since 2015. She currently serves in the Orange County Criminal Division.