WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has received approval from the president to rename nearly a dozen bases after many petitioned the service to change the names of posts that honor Confederate generals, sources confirmed today.
Ten bases, including Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Bragg in North Carolina, will have their names changed in honor of President Donald Trump, the service said. Fort Hood, for example, will be renamed to Fort Trump, while Fort Bragg will be rebranded as Fort Trump International Airborne Barracks and Jump Tower.
The Army's initial plan called for bases to be renamed for generals who fought for the Union or displayed heroism in later combat, such as Maj. Gens. William Harney and James Forsyth in their wars against men, women, and children in the American southwest.
That plan was rejected for unknown reasons, a defense official said.
In addition to renaming the 10 bases that are in former Confederate states, the Army also plans to conduct a top-down review of all streets, vehicles, aircraft, and personnel that may still bear offensive names.
The study is expected to cost about $87 billion and should be completed sometime in 2025.
Soldiers can expect ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Fort Trump Plaza at Augusta, Fort D.J. Trump, Fort Trump National Army Post, and others, some time before the end of the fiscal year, according to officials.