The congressional commission tasked with removing Confederate-related names from military bases has recommended nine bases change their name.

The Naming Commission announced its findings on Tuesday, which include renaming the following bases: Fort Benning, Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, Fort Pickett, Fort Polk, and Fort Rucker. The commission also provided suggestions for alternative names.


"This was an exhaustive process that entailed hundreds of hours of research, community engagement, and internal deliberations," said retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the chairwoman of the Naming Commission. "This recommendation list includes American heroes whose stories deserve to be told and remembered; people who fought and sacrificed greatly on behalf of our nation."

"I am pleased to see the Naming Commission's progress as mandated by Congress in the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said. "Today's announcement highlights the Commission's efforts to propose nine new installation names that reflect the courage, values, sacrifices, and diversity of our military 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. And I look forward to seeing their complete report later this year."

Fort Benning, Georgia: The commission recommended renaming Fort Benning as Fort Moore in honor of Lt. Gen. Hal and Julia Moore. Lt. Gen. Moore served 32 years in the Army from 1945 to 1977. He had assignments all over the world, including being deployed to Vietnam. His wife, Julia, pushed the Pentagon to create what became casualty notification teams because death notifications would be conducted by a taxi driver delivering telegrams. At the time, she accompanied the drivers to deliver the news.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina: The commission recommended renaming this base as Fort Liberty to represent the American ideal of liberty.

Fort Gordon, Georgia: The commission urged renaming this base as Fort Eisenhower after the former army general and president. President Dwight Eisenhower was elected to two terms after making a name for himself by leading U.S. troops during World War II.

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia: This base should be renamed Fort Walker after Dr. Mary Walker, the commission suggested. Walker, a surgeon, joined the North in the Civil War, initially working for free after facing discrimination based on her gender. She went on to become the first female surgeon in the Army. In 1864, she was captured by the Confederate Army and was held prisoner for four months until the two sides agreed to a prisoner exchange. Walker was ultimately awarded the Medal of Honor the following year.

Fort Hood, Texas: They suggested renaming Fort Hood as Fort Cavazos after Gen. Richard Cavazos, a highly decorated Army general who came of age during World War II. He was awarded a Silver Star, five Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and many other medals for his valor.

Fort Lee, Virginia: The Naming Commission has urged the Defense Department to rename Fort Lee as Fort Gregg-Adams after Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg and Lt. Col. Charity Adams. While they served on different missions, they both overcame segregation in the military and at home while providing key support to the logistical aspects of war.

Fort Pickett, Virginia: The Naming Commission recommended renaming Fort Pickett as Fort Barfoot after Tech. Sgt. Van T. Barfoot, who served more than three decades, which included tours in Korea and Vietnam. He is known for a successful solo assault against enemy forces in northern Italy in 1944, where he was responsible for the deaths of multiple German soldiers and taking others as prisoners of war.


Fort Polk, Louisiana: The Naming Commission recommended renaming Fort Polk as Fort Johnson after Sgt. William Henry Johnson, who valiantly engaged roughly two dozen German troops and was able to sound the alarm and get his unit to safety. Johnson, a black man, returned to the United States during the Jim Crow era, where he was not awarded equal benefits as white soldiers.

Fort Rucker, Alabama: The Naming Commission recommended renaming Fort Rucker as Fort Novosel after Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel, Sr., who served as a pilot in the Army and later in the Air Force. He flew more than 2,500 extraction missions and was able to rescue more than 5,500 seriously wounded soldiers, including his son, who was shot down over Vietnam in 1970.

The commission received more than 34,000 suggestions from the public related to its mandate, and it included 3,670 unique names for consideration.