Be Prepared for Anything

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.

Never expect that things will go as planned.  Always be prepared to handle problems, changes and any crisis that may arise.  Do all you can to walk into any situation with as much preparation and information as possible so that you are able to make the best, most well informed decisions on a moment’s notice.

  • Practice makes perfect.

When we landed in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, the United States had not yet had a major conflict with the North Vietnamese.  However, my men had been preparing to go to war all along so they were trained to face any situation.  Not only that, they were prepared for the idea that we may take on casualties, some of the first of that long war, and had trained their men to know the job above them and below them.

  • Study/Recon

Know as much as possible about what you are up against whether it is your competition, audience, or a new piece of equipment.  Whenever possible, do a recon of the battlefield, of the auditorium if you are giving a speech, etc. to make sure you have everything you need and that everything is in working order.

  • Consider the “what ifs”

When you draw up a plan of attack, or for defense of a position, you have information on weather, the terrain and enemy capabilities BUT you cannot coordinate your plan with the enemy.  Therefore, think through all the “what if’s”—“what if” the enemy does this—or that, “what if” this or that happens.  This is time well spent.

  • Prepare for the worst
  • Have a system for stress
  • There’s Nothing Wrong Except There’s Nothing Wrong

During times when everything seems to be in order, that is often when you need to have your guard up the highest.  Always take time to think, “What am I doing that I should not be doing?” and, “What am I not doing that I should be doing to influence the situation in my favor?

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.

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