Military Bases With Confederate Namesakes Are Getting a New Name

Military Bases With Confederate Namesakes Are Getting a New Name

Military Bases Just Got a Full-Blown Makeover – Told The Confederates Goodbye

( – For years, there have been debates about whether American military bases should bear the names of Confederate generals. After all, the Confederacy was the enemy force and actively fought the US military during the Civil War. A committee established by Congress has now recommended new names for the military installations.

On May 25, the panel’s chairwoman, Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, released a statement revealing it wanted to “find names that would be inspirational to the Soldiers [sic] and civilians who serve” on the nine bases named after Confederates.

Eight of the nine bases would be named after people connected to the military branch. However, Fort Bragg, named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, is the only one that will be named after an abstract idea, not a person. It would become Fort Liberty, home to the 82nd Airborne Division.

Fort Hood, Texas would become Fort Cavazos after the first Hispanic four-star general, Richard E. Cavazos. The panel recommended Fort Gordon, Georgia to become Fort Eisenhower after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was a general in the Army during WWII.

Fort Lee, Virginia will become Fort Gregg-Adams. The name honors two black military officers: retired Lt. General Arthur Gregg and Charity Adams. Gregg was the second-highest-ranking black officer in history. Adams (now deceased) served in the first WWII battalion with only black females and was the first black member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

Fort Pickett, Virginia would become Fort Barfoot after native American Van Barfoot, a Medal of Honor recipient. Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia could be renamed to Fort Walker, in honor of Dr. Mary Walker who received the Medal of Honor for her service in the Civil War.

The panel recommended Fort Benning, Georgia be renamed Fort Moore to pay respect to Lt. General Hal Moore, whose story was memorialized in the movie and book, “We Were Soldiers” and his wife Julia Moore who helped create family support networks. Fort Polk, Louisiana, will be renamed after William Henry Johnson, a WWII hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Finally, Fort Rucker, Alabama, would be named after another Medal of Honor recipient.

The names still have to be approved by Congress and the Secretary of Defense.

What do you think about the new names?

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