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Pentagon: 'No discussion' on changing Confederate military base names

By Amy R. Connolly
Pentagon: 'No discussion' on changing Confederate military base names
The Pentagon announced it does not expect to change the names of 10 Southern military bases named after Confederate leaders. Photo courtesy of Blashfield Sign Company/CC.

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The Pentagon announced Wednesday it does not expect to change the names of 10 southern military bases and several other military facilities named after Confederate leaders, saying the namesakes were in memorial of historic figures, "not causes or ideologies."

"Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history," U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost said. "Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division."

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The suggestion of changing the names of the military posts came in response to the alleged racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, S.C. that left nine dead and sparked debate over Confederate flags and other Confederate symbols.

The 10 Army bases named for Southern officers are:

-- Fort Bragg, N.C.

-- Fort Hood, Texas

-- Forts Gordon and Benning, Ga.

-- Forts Lee, Picket and A.P. Hill, Va.

-- Fort Rucker, Ala.

-- Camp Beauregard and Fort Polk, La.

Other southern military facilities include names or symbols honoring the south's role in the Civil War, including the Lee Barracks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said there has been "no discussion" on renaming any bases, adding it is up the the individual services to name military installations.

"The services are ultimately responsible for naming their own military installations, and as of now, there are no current plans to change policies regarding how installations are named," he said.

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