Officials from the Department of Defense commission evaluating the renaming of military installations named for Confederate leaders will be visiting Alabama, according to a report from CBS News.
The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act created an eight-person commission to develop a plan for renaming the bases, including Alabama’s Fort Rucker. The commission will also visit Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Bragg, Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Hood, Fort Lee, Fort Polk, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Pickett.
The commission is expected to meet with commanders and members of the community. A date for the visits and meetings has not been announced.
The commission, chaired by retired admiral Michelle Howard, will brief the House and Senate Armed Services Committee in October and will be presenting a written report in October 2022. The commission plan will be implemented by Jan. 1, 2024.
Fort Rucker, located in southeast Alabama, is named for Col. Edmund Rucker, a brigade commander in the Confederate Army during the Civil War who went on to be an industrialist in Birmingham.
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