In 2021, a bipartisan agreement listed the plan to rename bases across the military that were named after Confederate Generals, and a commission was formed. The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act outlined the commission’s goal to find new names for 10 Army bases. The list has now expanded in scope dramatically to potentially renaming 750 assets from street names to Naval vessels for Army and Navy assets around the world.
The Naming Commission is made up of eight individuals:
- Admiral Michelle Howard, USN, Retired
- Brigadier General Ty Seidule, USA, Retired
- Lt. General Thomas Bostick, USA, Retired
- Mr. Jerry Buchannan
- General Robert Neller, USMC, Retired
- Mr. Lawerence Romo
- Dr. Kori Schake
- U.S. Representative Austin Scott, Representative for Georgia
For instance, U.S. Army base Fort Gordon is being considered for name change in addition to their conference and catering center, bowling center, housing center and various signs, unit level signage and monuments within the cemetery on the installation. Fort Stewart also in Georgia has street names in reference to General Gordon, a general within the Confederate Army.
Beyond Army bases, the crest of the USS Shiloh and the USS Chancellorsville stationed out of Yokosuka are being assessed to rename as these vessels are named after Civil War battles. Both Maury Hall and Buchanan House at the U.S. Naval Academy are also being considered for renaming. Maury Hall is named after Commander Matthew Maury and Admiral Franklin Buchanan were in the Confederate Navy.
The Commission has been directed to provider their final report to Congress no later than October 1, 2022. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that there is an expectation that new names for current bases will be announced in 2023.
Read the entire list of 750 items here which includes the historical reference as to why the name is being considered for name change. Check out more about the Congressional Commission at their website here.