Fort Bragg in North Carolina could change its controversial name. What to know

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U.S. Army

A military base in North Carolina could soon change its controversial name, officials said.

A committee suggested Fort Bragg change its name to Fort Liberty, The Naming Commission said May 24 in a news release.

The base’s commission had been formed as officials considered the names of nine U.S. military posts that were named after people with ties to the Confederacy. Fort Bragg is named after Gen. Braxton Bragg, a Confederate officer and North Carolina native.

The other recommendations:

  • Fort Benning in Georgia (Fort Moore)

  • Fort Gordon in Georgia (Fort Eisenhower)

  • Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia (Fort Walker)

  • Fort Hood in Texas (Fort Cavazos)

  • Fort Lee in Virginia (as Fort Gregg-Adams)

  • Fort Pickett in Virginia (Fort Barfoot)

  • Fort Polk in Louisiana (Fort Johnson)

  • Fort Rucker in Alabama (Fort Novosel)

“The naming criteria for name suggestions should appropriately reflect the courage, values, sacrifices and diversity of our military men and women, with consideration given to the local or regional significance of names and their potential to inspire and motivate our service members,” the U.S. Army said on its website. “Name suggestions do not have to be a person; it can be after values or virtues.”

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