FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Fort Bragg may be changing its name.
The North Carolina military installation, along with eight other bases in the United States, are undergoing a name change under the Naming Commission because of their commemoration of the Confederacy, a press release announced Thursday. .
The committee has until Oct. 1 to submit a name change proposal to the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee in response to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.
Fort Bragg is named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg.
Some of the new name suggestions include Dwight Eisenhower, Harriet Tubman and Colin Powell.
Along with Fort Bragg, Fort Hood (Texas), Fort Rucker (Alabama), Fort Polk (Louisiana), Fort Benning and Fort Gordon (Georgia) and Fort AP Hill, Fort Lee and Fort Pickett (Virginia) are all in danger of being renamed.
The Naming Commission said it visited the nine institutions last year to sit with commanders and military leaders “to get feedback on their process, their preferences for new names and an understanding of the local sensitivities.
“It is important that the names we recommend for these facilities appropriately reflect the courage, values and sacrifices of our diverse military men and women,” said retired Admiral Michelle Howard, Commission Chair. of denomination. “We are also looking at the local and regional significance of names and their potential to inspire and motivate our service members.”
The Naming Commission said it received more than 34,000 submissions for new names and has since whittled it down to less than 100.
The press release did not specify when a new name should be officially chosen after the October 1 submission.
You can see all the names under consideration here.