Let Go Into...

David Converse Lt. Col. (ret) 10th Mountain Division on the left, Dave Campbell 1st Sgt (ret) 10th Mountain Division on the right, signing in for the tournament.Don BaroneDavid Converse Lt. Col. (ret) 10th Mountain Division on the left, Dave Campbell 1st Sgt (ret) 10th Mountain Division on the right, signing in for the tournament.
“…let go into the mystery

let yourself go…”

 

At 9:30am, on Friday morning, both anglers are handing over some sort of “brief” to the General of the 10th Mountain Division in Ft. Drum, way up there in Watertown, NY…about 25 miles south of Canada.

“We hand it in, email it actually, and the people there know we are going to fish this tournament so the General releases us at 11am Friday morning.”

I don’t know who said that quote, I wrote down next to it, Dave…forgetting that I had two Dave’s sitting in front of me…but one of them muttered it.

Both Dave and David are retired from active duty and now work for the Department of The Army as civilian Operations Specialists in Mission Support (or something like that, I tried to write it down but they both talk at the same time).

Both, are many times, combat vets.

Here’s a list of their in country deployments:  Iraq (twice for Dave), Afghanistan (David)…Kuwait…Bosnia…Kosovo…Saudi Arabia…in all over 30 countries with the 10th Mountain.

Dave:  “It was full spectrum operations…you know, secure and protect, we did a bunch of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian work.”

David:  “Sure we took care of the bad guys, but we also cared for the good guys and helped them.”

So the General says they can go…they jump in their truck and head south…from Watertown, NY where there was snow in the air….to Lake Norman…where there wasn’t.

773 miles…14 hours.

Dave (or possibly David) “We get here around 2am Saturday morning.”

David (or possibly Dave)  “So we sleep for four hours and then get up and go fishing.”

“We are both addicted to Bass fishing.”

Both of them are shaking their heads yes.

 

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