About The River

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Marching On

 Hello Friends,

Happy March to you. 

Today I am going to share an article I wrote for our local newspaper the Cameron Chronicle "The Little Paper With Personality." The publisher of the Cameron Chronicle asked me to write an article about the recent deployment of the 157th.

Wisconsin National Guard Making History

By Carla TePaske

Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is making history. In October 2022, 280 Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa for a 10 month deployment.

This is the first time that a Wisconsin unit is deploying into the African theater on a Title 10. When mobilized (or activated) under Title 10 U.S.C., you are directed by the President to report for active duty in an official capacity.

The mission for the 280 Wisconsin National Guard are the following, maintain the United State’s strategic access and influence on the continent; counter threats to U.S. persons, facilities and interests; prevent and respond to crises such as disaster relief or threats to embassies; and work with allies and partners to achieve shared security objectives.

Major General Paul Knapp, Wisconsin Adjutant General, commented, “The world is at a critical juncture, and our adversaries are looking to expand their corrupting grasp across the globe. The 157th and 357th will play a key role in stemming these attempts by our adversaries.”

Russia and China have long sought to increase their influence across the African continent. Violent extremist organizations such as terrorist groups and pirates are also among U.S. adversaries in the region.

Colonel Eric Leckel, commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th, qouted U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks regarding the mission, “Great moments are born out of great opportunity.”

Godspeed for the 157th!


Thank you to all our friends and family for the continued prayers for Sam and the 157th. I will share a few photos below that Sam has shared with me.

Djibouti Currency

One of the cats on base.

Our Sam


 Thank you again for all the prayers.





  1. What an informative article. I'm impressed by your writing abilities.
    I'm keeping Sam in my prayers. I noticed that the Djibouti currency is in French.
    Godspeed to 157th regiment.


  2. Grateful for his service, Carla and continued prayers...to you all. xo

  3. Thank you Sam for your service. Prayers continue for their safety. Your Sam is an amazing young man. Love that he has a couple of cats on the base. That will make them all feel a little more like home. Hugs. Kris

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Sam, you and your family, along with all that are serving our country. Your article is excellent.

  5. Prayers for Sam AND for you, too, Carla. It is hard to know our children aren't where we can reach them at will. xo Diana

  6. Oh, bless Sam while he treads on. He is a brave son for sure. I'm glad they have a little cat companion on base. Thank you for sharing this article, Carla, it was interesting to read. I will continue to say a prayer for your Sam. The publisher chose the right person to write an article for their paper. : )


  7. I really, always, have a soft spot for all military personnel!! They honor us by serving. Great article Carla


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