Attitude (Part 3 of 3)

Hal Moore on Leadership
Available on Amazon

In early 2021 in Hal Moore’s files, I found a detailed initial outline of what would later grow into the “Hal Moore on Leadership” book. This series of posts pulls from that outline – mostly short paragraphs or bullets.

For more detail, check out the book. The focus of Moore’s life after retirement from the military was on helping and mentoring others along the path to becoming great leaders. We hope the quick points he makes in these posts inspire you to greatness. In addition, this provides additional insight for the Naming Commission as it considers renaming Army bases. In the analysis to rename Fort Benning, a Fort dedicated to leadership and training, what better name could there be than Hal and Julie Moore – both exceptional leaders who lived these values?

In January, 2021 the Senate voted 81-13 to pass the law to rename military bases. Given this overwhelming majority, Fort Benning will be renamed. We understand many object to changing history, but the only option now is to help the Naming Commission select the new name. Please support our effort to rename Fort Benning for Hal and Julie Moore to recognize the sacrifice of military families.

Dress the part

It is important to project an image of confidence.  Keep up appearances.

My father-in-law, a retired (1952), Colonel had served for several years in the 1930’s/early 40’s on the Army staff in what was then the War Department.  Both Colonel Compton and Mrs. Compton gave me the sound advice to stay extremely well groomed – and the money to purchase a new tailored uniform.  I found enough of my own money to get a total of three uniforms and excellent uniform shoes.  I made it a point every morning to shine my uniform brass insignia; shoes daily; wear clean, carefully pressed uniforms; good haircuts. 

Never quit

Hal Moore at West PointThere IS a solution to every problem; some are more difficult than others.  There’s ALWAYS a way.  I learned this lesson early and it helped me out throughout my whole career.  Remember, a lesson learned early in one’s life never leaves a person and is applied naturally, as a matter of course, for the rest of one’s life. 

It took me two years to find an appointment to West Point. Two years of walking the halls while working the Senate Book Warehouse and attending college at the same time. I KNEW I would succeed. When I finally was given an appointment to attend the Naval Academy, I instantly asked if I could find another Congressman to swap it for a West Point slot. More legwork… but, I succeeded.

More Points
Please sign the petitions to rename Fort Benning and Fort Rucker

Whether you like the idea or not, federal law requires all bases named for Confederates be renamed.
Let’s help them make the right choice for Fort Benning and Fort Davis!
Beyond the individual contributions of Hal Moore, renaming Fort Benning also recognizes the equally important contributions of the military spouse and family.
His many accomplishments make General Davis deserving of this honor – even more so when you see how he had to overcome crushing prejudice to achieve greatness.

Reading List (links to Amazon)

Scroll to Top