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Federal law requires renaming of all Confederate military bases

You know Hal and Julie from the movie and the book

Before we get to the content you are looking for, please read this next short plea for a good cause!

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Recognize The Contribution Of The Military Spouse!

Support the legacy of one of the most admired women in military life by renaming Fort Benning to Fort Moore.

The Military Base Commission is considering renaming Fort Benning (Georgia) to Fort Moore in recognition of LTG Hal and spouse Julie Moore.

Julie Moore established the unique tradition – carried on to this day – of care teams visiting and supporting the spouses of those lost in combat. Between Hal Moore’s distinguished service in battle and Julie Moore’s leadership on behalf of military families, this command team represents the bond that enables an effective fighting force.

This is a valuable opportunity to recognize the contribution and sacrifice of the military spouse and military family in service to the nation. You know Hal and Julie from the original book and 2002 Mel Gibson/Madeleine Stowe movie, “We Were Soldiers.”

Now that the commission is reviewing the proposal, we need to prove it has broad support.  Please click and sign the petition in favor of “Fort Moore.” Share with your friends!

I’ve discussed personal locator beacons (PLB) before and this is a very hard article to write.

I bought the expensive one on the bottom right in 2007 as an insurance policy knowing that if I got in trouble in the woods, I could push a button and get the cavalry on the way.  The lesson of the recent NFL players on the boat in Florida brought this back into focus.

That was a tragedy that did not need to happen.  In fact, I read an article that said that the boat owner had discussed getting a locator beacon for his boat but had not acted on it.  Now, 3 of the 4 guys are dead.  What a waste – my heart goes out to those families for something that could have been avoided.

While I have the one on the lower right, I just bought the one on the lower left as well.  The reason is that that model adds the ability to press a button and send an “I’m ok” message or a non-emergency help message to specific people you list with the service.  In addition, for $7.95 a year, you get an insurance package that covers the cost of your rescue.  I’m sure that helicopter evacuation costs quite a bit.  In the current economic climate, I’m sure the various rescue agencies are looking to charge the victim if they do not already do it. 

It can run thousands of dollars. California and Oregon already have laws on the books – they can come after you. You might think the 1999 National Search and Rescue Plan protects you from costs… think again.  It does not compel State governments to provide free service….

Other than the additional communication options, the only other real difference is that the one on the right has a much larger antenna – it might be able to pick up the satellites faster.  I did a test of the SPOT version on the North Branch a few weeks ago and it took about 5 minutes to locate and communicate with the satellites from within the narrow valley at Wallman.  So, you just get quicker response by paying more.

On the SPOT version, in addition to the purchase price, you have to pay for the annual service that runs around $100. Both are waterproof, and the SPOT is lighter.

Even if you fish with a buddy, if you go to remote places, it is a risk if you send your buddy for help.  Not only will it take him a long time to hike back to the truck and then get someplace with cell phone coverage, but you might go into shock or have other life terminating events while he is gone.  Better to stay together and press the button on one of these devices.

So, learn from the NFL situation.  You think any of those guys would hesitate on spending this money after floating on that overturned boat for a few hours?  Brutal, harsh language – terrible situation.  But let’s learn for this.

If you fish remote, you need one of these.

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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