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Fort Bragg among 9 military bases being considered for a name change

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Fort Bragg may be getting a new name.

The North Carolina military facility, along with eight other bases across the United States, will be renamed by the Naming Commission in commemoration of the Confederacy, according to a news release Thursday.

The commission has until October 1 to submit a name change proposal to the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee in response to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021.

In addition to Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Fort Benning, and Fort Gordon, Georgia, as well as Fort AP Hill, Fort Lee, and Fort Pickett, Virginia, are renamed in peril.

The Naming Commission said it visited the nine institutions last year to sit down with military commanders and leaders “to get feedback on their process, preferences for new names and an understanding of local sensitivities.”

“It is important that the names we recommend for these installations appropriately reflect the bravery, values ​​and sacrifices of our diverse militaries,” said retired Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, chair of the naming commission. “We also consider the local and regional importance of names and their potential to inspire and motivate our service members.”

The naming commission said it received more than 34,000 submissions for new names and has since narrowed it down to fewer than 100.

The press release did not specify when a new name would have to be officially chosen after the Oct. 1 filing.

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DUSTIN JONES

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