Army Bases Forced To Remove Confederate Names

Several U.S. Army bases will officially get new names as the military seeks to redesignate bases that currently honor ‘Confederate’ leaders.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last year approved a proposal by a congressional commission to rename nine bases in honor of several people of color who made significant contributions with their service.

Several bases have been redesignated recently, including Fort Hood in Texas, renamed Fort Cavazos last month in honor of Gen. Richard Edward Cavazos, the first Hispanic person to wear four stars on his uniform.

The bases are being renamed after distinguished service members from history, including African American Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg; Lt. Col. Charity Adams, who led a unit of Black women officers in World War II; Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in Vietnam; and Medal of Honor recipient Van Barfoot.

At a North Carolina GOP convention on Friday, DeSantis said that if elected president, he would change the name of the newly christened Fort Liberty back to Fort Bragg.

A bill to prevent Florida cities from removing Confederate monuments died in committee during this year’s session, according to the Florida Times-Union, but its Republican sponsor pledged to file it again in 2024.

The Naming Commission estimated implementing all the changes would cost $62.5 million. 

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