The commission charged with reviewing Confederate-inspired names of military assets recommended in its final report to Congress that the Department of Defense rename or remove hundreds of items.
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Congressional defense law for 2021 mandated a new entity, the Naming Commission, to determine whether hundreds of military assets, including U.S. military bases, should be commemorated and renamed the Confederacy.
Earlier this summer, the committee advised thewhich originally honored Confederate leaders. The commission proposed new names for the nine bases to recognize more diverse heroes, such as General Richard Cavazos, the Army’s first Latino four-star general, and Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams, the leader of the all-black, all-female during the Second World War
The commission estimates it will cost about $21 million to rename the nine bases.
The second part of the commission’s report identified items at U.S. military academies that should be removed or renamed, and the third part of its report, released to the public Monday, lists hundreds of assets, such as street and building names that the committee recommends to the Department of Defense to rename or delete. In total, the commission estimates that it will cost $62.5 million to implement the recommendations in the three parts of its final report.
Retired Army Brigade. Gene. Ty Seidule, the vice chairman of the Naming Commission, told reporters last week that the commission was reviewing approximately 1,100 assets from all services associated with the Confederacy.
The committee has specified new names for the nine bases, but for the rest of the hundreds of items, the committee has determined what should be renamed or removed and leaves it to the services to decide on new names. That includes new names for two US Navy ships: the USS Chancellorsville, named after a battle won by the Confederacy, and the USNS Maury, named after a Confederate Navy commander.
The committee received more than 34,000 submissions from the public last year with proposed new names on its website. Nearly 500 of those names are included in the third part of the commission’s report as suggestions that the Department of Defense should use when making decisions about new names.
The late former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell and a recent Medal of Honor recipient,are included in the list of suggested names.
The committee delivered its report to Congress on Monday, before the October 1 TNZT. Under the 2021 defense bill, the Minister of Defense has until January 2024 to implement the recommendations.
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