Fort Bragg Army Base and 8 other bases recommended a name change

Fort Bragg became Fort Liberty. Fort Gordon would be Fort Eisenhower. And for the first time, army bases would be named after black soldiers and women. An independent commission on Tuesday recommended new names for nine Army posts that now commemorate Confederate officers.

The recommendations are the latest step in a broader effort by the military to address racial injustice, most recently following the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina is the only base not named after an individual. Two more would be named after black soldiers, and three would include women’s names. Fort Gordon in Georgia would get its most famous name – in memory of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who led Allied forces in Europe during World War II.

Other proposed renamings would honor lesser-known heroes, including several who have received the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration. Fort Polk, in Louisiana, would be renamed Fort Johnson, after Sgt. William Henry Johnson, a Black Medal of Honor recipient who served in the Army during World War I.

Fort Pickett in Virginia would be named after Tech Sgt. Van Barfoot, a Medal of Honor recipient who served in World War II, and And Fort Rucker in Alabama would be named Fort Novosel after Chief Warrant Officer Michael Novosel, a Medal of Honor recipient who served in World War II and Vietnam.

Fort AP Hill in Virginia was renamed Fort Walker after Mary Edwards Walker, a doctor who treated soldiers in the Civil War and later received a Medal of Honor.

Fort Hood, Texas was renamed Fort Cavazos in honor of General Richard Cavazos, who served in the Korean War, received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest military decoration, and became the Army’s first Hispanic four-star general.

Other proposed renamings would honor lesser-known heroes, including several who have received the Medal of Honor, the military's highest decoration.
Other proposed renamings would honor lesser-known heroes, including several who have received the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration.
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Fort Benning, Georgia would be named after a married couple: Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, who served in Vietnam and received the Distinguished Service Cross, and his wife, Julia, who encouraged the formation of teams to conduct personal notifications of military casualties.

And Fort Lee, Virginia would get a hyphenated name – Fort Gregg-Adams – and is the only one that would commemorate someone alive today: Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg, known as the logistics leader. Lt. Col. Charity Adams—the other half of the name—led the Army’s first black female unit deployed in World War II.

A final report must be submitted to Congress by October 1st, which will include the cost of removing and changing the names. The renaming process was laid out in legislation passed by Congress in late 2020. The defense secretary is expected to implement the commission’s plan by January 1, 2024 at the latest.

The proposal to change the names sparked widespread discussion and debate within base communities across the country. Panel members visited the bases, met with local leaders and residents, and relied heavily on their recommendations in choosing the final names, Vice Chair Ty Seidule said.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/army-base-fort-bragg-along-with-8-other-bases-recommended-name-change/ Fort Bragg Army Base and 8 other bases recommended a name change

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