Archive for Sunday, September 22, 1991


September 22, 1991


An Olathe man who is part of the local Army Reserve unit received a Bronze Star on Saturday for his performance in Operation Desert Storm.

Capt. Richard Berckefeldt was honored during a brief ceremony at the Army Reserve Center, 21st and Iowa streets.

Berckefeldt said he recently transferred from a Kansas City, Kan., unit to the 317th Supply and Service Battalion in Lawrence.

He was honored for "meritorious achievement in support of military operations." Berckefeldt's Bronze Star certificate said he "displayed exemplary professionalism and initiative in the performance of duty."

Berckefeldt's unit was stationed about 40 miles from the Iraq-Kuwait border. The unit, which arrived Nov. 12 in the Middle East on Nov. 12 and returned June 3 to Kansas, provided petroleum to the 7th Corps, 18th Airborne Corps and Arab coalition forces.

Asked whether he was concerned about having to return to the Middle East in light of recurring tensions there, Berckefeldt said it's a possibility, but he doesn't think the chances are great. If anything does occur, Berckefeldt said he didn't think it would be on the full-blown scale it was during Operation Desert Storm.

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