Proposed new name for Fort Bragg to be announced on Tuesday

FORT BRAGG, NC (WRAL) – Sources told WRAL News that a proposed new name for Fort Bragg will be announced on Tuesday.

The nominating committee is expected to make the announcement at 2 p.m. and answer questions.

Fort Bragg is named after General Braxton Bragg, who served in the Confederate army and owned a plantation where people were enslaved.

Last year, Congress voted to require military installations named after prominent Confederate figures or sympathizers to be renamed by 2023.

Other bases that will be renamed include:

  • Camp Beauregard, La.
  • Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Fort Gordon, Ga.
  • Fort Hood, TX
  • Fort AP Hill, Virginia.
  • Fort Lee, Virginia.
  • Fort Pickett, Virginia.
  • Fort Polk, Louisiana.
  • Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The Naming Commission received over 3,400 name submissions. Some of the names that made the shortlist include Dwight Eisenhower, Colin Powell and Harriet Tubman.

Eleven of those names have ties to North Carolina, including Major General Matthew B. Ridgway and Major General James M. Gavin.

Congress will consider the list of names in October and the position will be renamed shortly thereafter.

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