IT Director Chad Schauf, served in the United States Navy for a total of 11 years. Chad enlisted under the delayed entry program in the Navy with a guaranteed Class A school as a Data Processing Technician. After boot camp, he was aboard the USS Hunley in Scotland and then to Virginia, where he obtained a Top-Secret SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) security clearance. “One of my favorite memories of that duty came during the first gulf war where I was one of only 3 US Navy sailor technicians working on a system called CATIS, Computer Aided Tactical Information System,” stated Chad. After 7 years active duty, he decided not to re-enlist and head back to Wisconsin.
Following September 11, 2001, Chad felt an overwhelming sense of duty and re-enlisted in the Navy Reserves. He was assigned to a high priority billet with Mobile In-Shore Undersea Warfare Unit 110 (MIUW 110). Knowing this unit was highly deployable, Chad was sent to Kuwait in August of 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Utilizing his IT skills, Chad created a mobilization website where family members of the command could write words of encouragement to them. Chad went on to say, “For that effort, I received a Coast Guard Achievement Medal from a Captain in the US Coast Guard, which was pretty cool as a Navy Sailor to receive a Coast Guard Achievement Medal.”
Warehouse/Purchasing Agent Sam Moseley, is active duty in Wisconsin Air National Guard and has been for 11 years. Sam has two deployments under his belt in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and his current deployment. Throughout his military career, he has been located to various locations within the United States and the Middle East. Sam strives to live up to General Jim Mattis quote; “Carry out your mission and keep your honor clean.”
While Sam is currently deployed, his wife Leslie Moseley reflects on life back home. “Of course, there have been many difficult moments especially emotional, but I kept looking at the positives, especially with keeping our kids spirits up,” stated Leslie. She sees this time away as an opportunity for her and Sam to lean into their faith and to grow together.
Being a military wife, its common to be independent. However, Leslie went on to say, “I have learned the importance of asking for help, and that it’s okay to do so.” She finds a good balance by focusing on the silver lining, while enjoying some of her favorite foods that Sam doesn’t particularly like. As an animal lover, Leslie said she is proud that she only adopted one pet since Sam left, while her family thought he would return to a zoo.
“I keep Matthew 6.25-34 as my desktop background to remind me that I have nothing to be anxious about and to focus on one day at a time,” Leslie concluded.