Army Sergeant John M. Aicholtz, 22, son
of Mrs. Anne Aicholtz, 5520 Hopewell, Church Road, Lancaster, was one
of more than 800 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg,
N.C., who participated in Exercise Freedom Vault in the
Republic of Korea, March 3-6.
The exercise, held jointly
with South Korean forces, was designed to demonstrate the capability
to rapidly deploy U.S. Strike Command Units from this country to an
overseas area for immediate tactical operations. The Airborne troops were flown on the 8,500 mile polar route journey by
transport aircraft of the U.S. Air Force.
Highlighting the exercise
was a parachute assault into the simulated combat zone well south of
the Korean demilitarized zone. Freedom Vault was the second
exercise of its type to be held in the Republic of Korea. Paratroopers
of the 82nd also jumped there during exercise Focus Retina in March 1969.
Sgt. Aicholtz is a fire team leader in
Company C, 2nd Battalion of the Division's 508th Infantry. He holds
the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal for Heroism, Army Commendation
Medal for Heroism and the Purple Heart.
His wife, Judith, lives at 5523
Marcia St.. Fayetteville, N.C.