The commission is required to submit its final report to Congress by October 1, and the Pentagon will have until early 2024 to implement the commission’s suggestions. The commission is also looking at a much longer list of Department of Defense “assets,” including streets and military base buildings.
In crafting its recommendations, Howard said the committee seeks “to inspire today’s soldiers and local communities with names or values that have meaning. These names we recommend embody the best of the US military and America.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement on Tuesday that the set of recommendations “underscores the Commission’s efforts to propose nine new facility names that reflect the courage, values, sacrifices and diversity of our soldiers, men and women”.
“I thank the members of the Commission for their important collaborative work with base commanders, local community leaders, soldiers and military families,” Austin said. “And I look forward to seeing their full report later this year.”
Chairman of the Household Armed Service Adam Smith (D-Wash.) also welcomed the commission’s recommendations in a statement. “These new names honor and celebrate the strength and diversity of the military serving at each of these nine installations, as well as the military families and values that form the cornerstone of our democracy,” he said.
If the commission’s proposal is adopted, the nine army bases would be renamed as follows:
– Fort Benning in Georgia would be renamed Fort Moore in honor of Lieutenant General Hal Moore and Julia Moore.
– Fort Bragg in North Carolina would be renamed Fort Liberty, in commemoration of “the American value of freedom”, according to the commission.
– Fort Gordon in Georgia would be renamed Fort Eisenhower, in honor of former President and Army General Dwight Eisenhower.
— Fort AP Hill in Virginia would be renamed Fort Walker in commemoration of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.
— Fort Hood in Texas would be renamed Fort Cavazos, to recognize General Richard E. Cavazos.
– Fort Lee in Virginia would be renamed Fort Gregg-Adams, commemorating Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg and Lt. Col. Charity Adams.
— Fort Pickett in Virginia would be renamed Fort Barfoot, which would recognize Tech. sergeant. Van T. Barfoot.
– Fort Polk in Louisiana would be renamed Fort Johnson, in honor of Sgt. William Henry Johnson.
– Fort Rucker in Alabama would be renamed Fort Novosel, in commemoration of CW4 Michael J. Novosel Sr.