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Naming Commission Releases Another List

Washington Report

The federal panel charged by Congress to review and possibly rename military assets that commemorate the Confederacy issued a list of more than 750 specific items in its sights.

The list comes just two weeks after the Naming Commission released 87 potential new names for nine Army posts (www.ngaus.org/newsroom/commission-cuts-list-potential-new-base-names) named for Confederate generals.

The installations are Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Pickett, Virginia; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Rucker, Alabama. 

Among the items on the new list are streets, civil works, buildings, paintings, vessels and signs. Many are located on the posts that are the focus of the effort. More than 200 alone are on Fort A.P. Hill. 

But some are elsewhere. For example, 57 are streets named for Confederate generals on Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The post is named after President Andrew Jackson and not under renaming consideration. 

There are also items beyond the states that comprised the Confederacy. They include a housing area, barracks, child development center, road and gate named for Gen. Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. 

Lee was an 1829 West Point graduate who served as the superintendent of the academy from 1852 to 1855.

Also included on the list are streets named for Confederate generals in Germany and U.S. military installations in Germany and three U.S. Navy vessels docked in Japan that are named for Confederate victories in the Civil War.  

The full name of the commission is the Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.

It is curating the inventory list as part of its requirement under Section 370 of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to “assess the cost of renaming or removing names, symbols, displays, monuments, or paraphernalia (owned or operated by the Department of Defense) that commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.”

“We will update the inventory list in collaboration with the Department of Defense, including its sub-agencies and the military branches, as we continue to identify assets within our area of consideration,” said retired Adm. Michelle Howard, the chair of the Naming Commission. “This work is vital to understand the scope and estimated cost of renaming or removing Confederate-named assets, and will enable us to provide the most accurate report possible to Congress.”

Cost estimates for renaming or removing items named in commemoration of the Confederacy will be included in the commission’s final recommendations to Congress, which are due to the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee by Oct. 1, 2022.

For more information on the commission on the latest list of military assets under consideration for renaming, go to www.thenamingcommision.gov.