Commission will review more than 750 military signs and markings to see if they should be renamed after Confederate bands – Boston News, Weather, Sports

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(CNN) — Congressional naming committee set up to remove Confederate names from military bases will review the names of “more than 750 Department of Defense items,” including everything from military bases to streets and bridges, in order to determine whether their names “commemorate the Confederacy,” a release the commission announced Wednesday.

Created by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 in the face of fierce opposition from former President Donald Trump in 2020, the Commission was originally tasked with identifying nine military bases and sites associated with the Confederacy, as well as other Department assets. of Defense with names commemorating the Confederacy.

The list of more than 750 items includes not only the nine military bases, but also roads, signs, bridges and fields at US bases and military installations and two items at a US naval base in Japan.

The list is as detailed as naming stickers, flyers, and posters on certain military installations that need review, including “window decals at Ozark and Enterprise gate Welcome Centers” at Fort Rucker in Alabama and “mechanical room signaling” at Fort Benning in Georgia.

“We will update the inventory in conjunction with the Department of Defense, including the sub-agencies and military departments, as we continue to identify assets within our focus area,” retired Admiral Michelle Howard, chair of the Naming Commission, said in the issue. “This work is vital to understanding the scope and estimated cost of renaming or removing assets labeled Confederate and will enable us to provide the most accurate report to Congress.”

The Secretary of Defense will have the final say in renaming bases. The committee’s recommendations are to include assessments of how local communities could be affected by any changes.

The original nine military installations that the commission was required to review were Fort Lee, Fort Hood, Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Fort Polk, Fort Pickett, Fort AP Hill, and Fort Rucker. The updated list includes items about more than just those nine military installations.

The committee’s final recommendations to Congress are expected on Oct. 1.

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