August 18, 2017
McClatchy Washington Bureau : By Vera Bergengruen
WASHINGTON – All around the country, officials are discussing whether to remove memorials and rename public spaces dedicated to Confederate leaders. But not at the Pentagon.
Three of the largest military bases in the world – Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Benning in Georgia – are named for Confederate generals. In all, 10 major U.S. Army bases and installations in the South pay tribute to military leaders of the secessionist states, including one named for the reputed Georgia chief of the Ku Klux Klan.
The U.S. Army on Wednesday did not answer repeated questions on whether that is expected to change. But two years ago, the military made it clear that there was “no discussion of adjusting the naming policy,” refusing to follow the path being paved by some state and local officials to rename public squares, schools, roads and even entire cities across the country.
“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history,” public affairs chief Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm Frost said in 2015, following a mass shooting by a white supremacist in a Charleston church. “Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies.”
On Wednesday, after reports that some of the white supremacists who organized the deadly Charlottesville rally were linked to the U.S. military, the Army chief of staff tweeted his condemnation.
“The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks. It’s against our Values and everything we’ve stood for since 1775,” Gen. Mark Milley tweeted.
That same weekend, two black paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division were killed in Iraq. They trained at and deployed from Fort Bragg, a military base that honors a Confederate general who owned more than 100 slaves.
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