US Army moves to change Confederacy-affiliated base names

On May 24, 2022, a congressional Naming Commission released a list of names chosen to replace those assigned to nine US Army and Army National Guard (ARNG) bases located in the southern US. These bases were originally named to honor Confederate military personnel, people that engaged against the Union Army and fought to preserve slavery in their breakaway states during the American Civil War.

Created under the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), the commission was established to provide “naming, renaming and removal recommendations to Congress for all Department of Defense (DOD) items that commemorate the Confederate States of America (commonly referred to as the ‘Confederacy’) or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.” In addition to the facilities themselves, the commission conducted a review of “all Confederacy-affiliated and named Department of Defense assets on those bases”.

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