October 4, 2022
Commission recommends renaming of hundreds of military properties belonging to the Union

The Commission to Review the Federal-Inspired Names of Military Assets, in its final report to Congress, recommended that the Defense Department rename or remove hundreds of items.

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Congress’ 2021 defense bill mandated a new entity, the Naming Commission, identify whether hundreds of military assets, including US military bases, remember the Union and should be renamed.

Earlier this summer, the commission recommended US military renamed nine bases which originally honored federal leaders. The commission suggested new names for the nine bases to recognize more diverse heroes, such as the Army’s first Latino four-star general, General Richard Cavazos, and Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams, leader of the all-black, all-female. 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in World War II

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A sign shows information for Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina on May 13, 2004.

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The commission estimates that the renaming of the nine bases will cost around $21 million.

The second part of the commission’s report identifies items at US military academies that should be removed or renamed, and the third part of its report, released to the public on Monday, lists hundreds of properties The commission recommends renaming or removal of the Department of Defense. In total, the Commission estimates that it will cost $62.5 million to implement the recommendations in the three parts of its final report.

General Ty Seidule, deputy chairman of the retired Army Brigadier Naming Commission, told reporters last week that the commission reviewed about 1,100 properties from union-affiliated services.

The commission specified new names for nine bases, but for the remaining hundreds of items, the commission identified whether names needed to be changed or removed and is leaving it to the services to decide on new names. This includes new names for two US Navy ships – USS Chancellorsville, named after a Confederate-won battle, and USNS Maura, named after a commander in the Confederate Navy.

The commission received over 34,000 submissions from the public last year with the new names suggested on its website. Of these, about 500 names are included in the third part of the commission’s report as suggestions to be made by the Defense Department when deciding on new names.

The late former Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell and recent Medal of Honor recipient, Retired Colonel Ralph PuckettSuggested names are included in the list.

The commission provided its report to Congress on Monday, ahead of the October 1 deadline. According to the Defense Bill of 2021, the Defense Secretary has until January 2024 to implement the recommendations.

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