Name Recommendations

These renaming recommendations for Army installations named in commemoration of the Confederacy will be in our final report to Congress, due by October 1, 2022.

Statement from the Naming Commission Chair

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The Naming Commission sought to find names that would be inspirational to the Soldiers and civilians who serve on our Army posts, and to the communities who support them.

We realized that we had more heroes than we did bases to name. And we were overwhelmed with the greatness of the American Soldier – from those who gave their entire adult lives to the Army, to those who sacrificed themselves in valorous acts. We were reminded that courage has no boundaries by man-made categories of race, color, gender, religion, or creed.

From privates to generals, we found hundreds of military members who exemplified the core values of the Army. As we visited installations, we were touched by the contributions of the Soldiers' families and community groups who support them. They work faithfully and tirelessly alongside our military members.

Our goal was to inspire today's Soldiers and the local communities with names or values that have meaning. We wanted names and values that underpin the core responsibility of the military, to defend the Constitution of the United States. We wanted names and values that evoke confidence in all who serve. Confidence that by emulating those whose names are on the installations, we too can rise to every challenge, overcome every obstacle, achieve excellence, and, if necessary, sacrifice our lives for this country and her people.

These names we are recommending embody the best of the United States Army and America.

ADM Michelle J. Howard (U.S. Navy, ret.)

Fort Moore

Fort Moore

Fort Benning, Georgia
to be renamed in commemoration of

Lt. Gen.
Hal Moore and Julia Moore

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Fort Liberty

Fort Liberty

Fort Bragg, North Carolina
to be renamed
in commemoration of
the American value of Liberty

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Fort Eisenhower

Fort Eisenhower

Fort Gordon, Georgia
to be renamed
in commemoration of
General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Fort Walker

Fort Walker

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
to be renamed
in commemoration of
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

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Fort Cavazos

Fort Cavazos

Fort Hood, Texas
to be renamed
in commemoration of
Gen. Richard E. Cavazos

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Fort Gregg-Adams

Fort Gregg-Adams

Fort Lee, Virginia
to be renamed
in commemoration of
Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg and Lt. Col. Charity Adams

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Fort Novosel

Fort Barfoot

Fort Pickett, Virginia
to be renamed
in commemoration of
Tech. Sgt.
Van T. Barfoot

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Fort Johnson

Fort Johnson

Fort Polk, Louisiana
to be renamed
in commemoration of
Sgt. William Henry Johnson

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Fort Novosel

Fort Novosel

Fort Rucker, Alabama
to be renamed
in commemoration of CW4 Michael J. Novosel Sr.

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How did we arrive at these recommendations?

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During visits to the nine Army installations in 2021, the Commission participated in listening sessions with military commanders and community leaders to gain feedback on their process, preferences for new names and an understanding of local sensitivities.

Over the course of those initial sessions and a public comment period via its website that closed Dec. 1, 2021, the Commission received more than 34,000 submissions related to naming activities, which included 3,670 unique names – of individuals, locations, values and more – for consideration.

Between January and April 2022, the Naming Commission developed a short-list of potential new names for the nine installations before re-engaging the same community groups through virtual listening sessions to gather more input on their naming preferences.

Names on the short list included: Charity Adams; John Aiso; Alexander Augusta; Vernon Baker; Van Barfoot; Powhatan Beaty; Roy Benavidez; Omar Bradley; Ruby Bradley; William Bryant; Jose Calugas; William Carney; Alwyn Cashe; Richard Cavazos; Cornelius Charlton; Charles Chibitty; Ernest Childers; Mary Clarke; Mitchell Red Cloud; Harold Cohen; Felix Conde-Falcón; Courage; Bruce Crandall & Ed Freeman ; Benjamin Davis, Sr.; Ernest Dervishian; Desmond Doss; Dwight Eisenhower; Marcario García; James Gavin; Eduardo Gomez; Gary Gordon & Randall Shughart; Arthur Gregg; Barney Hajiro; Kimberly Hampton; Anna Hays; Rodolfo Hernández; Robert Howard; Lawrence Joel; Henry Johnson; Hazel Johnson-Brown; Charles Kelly; Mildred Kelly; Charles Kettles; Milton Lee; José López; John Magrath; George Marshall; Frank Merrill; Jimmie Monteith, Jr.; Hal & Julia Moore; Sadao Munemori; Audie Murphy; Michael Novosel, Sr.; Elsie Ott; John Page; Emmett Paige, Jr.; Frank Peregory; Emily Perez; Pascal Poolaw; Colin Powell; Ralph Puckett; Matthew Ridgway; Ruben Rivers; Roscoe Robinson, Jr.; Tibor "Ted" Rubin; James Rudder; Alejandro Ruiz; Benjamin Salomon; Ruppert Sargent; Paul Smith; Donn Starry; Freddie Stowers; Jon Swanson; Central Texas; Charles Thomas; Hugh Thompson, Jr.; Harriet Tubman; Humberto Versace; John Vessey, Jr.; Francis Wai; Mary Walker; George Watson; Homer Wise; Rodney Yano; Alvin York; Charles Young; and Rodger Young.

At the start of May 2022, the commission met for extensive deliberations that led to the final name selections using criteria that will be detailed in the final report to Congress.

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