National Security Figures Oppose Commemorating the Confederacy on Military Facilities

National Security Figures Oppose Commemorating Confederacy on Military Facilities

Support Among Former National Security Officials and Retired Military Leaders for Renaming Army Bases Named After Confederate Soldiers

Proposed Alternative Names for Bases

  • Honor accomplished figures who represent the diversity that makes the country and the Army strong: suggestions include Lt. Colonel Lee Archer, Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez, General Richard Cavazos, General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Sergeant William Carney, Corporal Joseph H. De Castro, Private Carl Gorman, President Ulysses S. Grant, Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays, Senator Daniel Inouye, Captain Jennifer Moreno, General Roscoe Robinson Jr., Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, Major Hugh Thompson, Harriet Tubman
  • Honor those who modeled inspiring virtues while serving: suggestions include Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Lt. Henry Flipper, Sgt. Alvin York, Maj. Josephine Nesbit, Lt. Daniel Inouye, Capt. George McGovern, Master Sgt. Mike Pena, Chief Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Geronimo
  • Add women, after whom zero Army bases are named: suggestions include Harriet Tubman, Edith Nourse Rogers, Charity Adams Earley, Mary E. Clarke, Lori Piestewa FACT SHEET: June 18, 2020
  • Replace Fort Hood with Sgt. Roy Benavidez, a Mexican-American Green Beret who served in Vietnam and was awarded a Medal of Honor from President Ronald Reagan in 1981

Actions Taken by the Military

Renaming military bases that have Confederate names is consistent with increasing national consensus against honoring Confederate leaders


Fact Sheets

Published on June 22, 2020


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