Independent Commission Puts Forth New Names for Army Bases with Confederate Ties



In yet another push to replace Confederate history with modern day relevance, a special naming commission created by Congress announced this week the new name suggestions for several U.S. military installations. Following visits to various installations and “listening sessions” with military commanders and community leaders, the Naming Commission created a shortlist from among more than 34,000 submissions from the public. Nine Army installations previously named for Confederate servicemen will receive new names that “embody the best of the United States Army and America.”

Congressman Anthony Brown, who introduced the bipartisan legislation, regarded the effort as “another step in an honest accounting of our history and an expression that we continue to strive to form a more perfect union.” The commission he helped to create was charged with providing recommendations to rename DoD installations “that commemorate the Confederate States of America or those who voluntarily served with the Confederacy.” The commission is to submit a written report to Congress by October 1 of this year.

Fort Bragg’s name will soon become a thing of the past, with the proposed new name of Fort Liberty. Home to the historic 82nd Airborne Division, the new name serves to replace Confederate ties with a commemoration of the American value of liberty.

Proposed name changes for the other 8 installations honor the achievements and memories of various figures in military history. Fort Benning, Georgia would become Fort Moore, named for the service and sacrifice of Hal Moore and his wife, Julia. Moore led a battalion of men in combat during the Vietnam War, and his wife is known for her significant contributions on behalf of military families.

Another major Army installation to be renamed is Fort Hood in Texas. Its new name would honor General Richard Cavazos, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during combat in the Korean War. Cavazos served also in the Vietnam War, once again demonstrating great valor as commander of an infantry battalion.

Name changes considered for the other six installations include:

  • Fort Gordon, GA → Fort Eisenhower (Army General Dwight Eisenhower)
  • Fort A.P. Hill, VA → Fort Walker (Dr. Mary Edwards Walker)
  • Fort Lee, VA → Fort Gregg-Adams (Lt. General Arthur J. Gregg, Lt. Col. Charity Adams)
  • Fort Pickett, VA → Fort Barfoot (Tech Sgt. Van T. Barfoot)
  • Fort Polk, LA → Fort Johnson (Sgt. William Henry Johnson)
  • Fort Rucker, AL → Fort Novosel (CW4 Michael J. Novosel Sr.)

The Secretary of Defense is expected to implement confirmed name changes no later than January 1, 2024.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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4 thoughts on “Independent Commission Puts Forth New Names for Army Bases with Confederate Ties”

  1. I thought it was said that it is time to heal a nation and put the past behind us WTF are these people nuts Maybe someone should let the morons know that the civil war is over With these idiots tearing down statues and changing names will change anything These are part of our history So why try to change it The bottom line is that it happened and many things have changed since then You know all (at least they think they do) people in congress have found a way to encite extremists These Fort’s are all still in the US This only shows the ignorance of the left wingnuts It is like trying to change ugly with makeup These people need to get off the saddle to give your ass a rest because you have been sitting and talking out of your ass at the same time I just thought it would help however I have recently found out that big assholes never recover

    1. You cannot change history by hiding it. Its like putting make-up on a pig. Its still a pig. Concentrate on fixing real issues that matter and stop re-writing the dictionary.