WASHINGTON, DC — The US Naming Commission tasked with recommending new names for nine namesake Confederate military bases has released cost estimates associated with the initiative.
The estimated costs to remove names honoring the Confederacy — including signs, cobblestones and on-site memorials — Fort Benning in Georgia will be one of the costliest at about $5 million, the commission said.
The commission expects renaming efforts at Fort Bragg, North Carolina to top the list with preliminary costs estimated at $6.3 million.
In May, the commission proposed renaming Fort Benning at Fort Moore in commemoration of Lt. Gen. Hal and Julia Moore.
The panel explained that during Hal Moore’s 32-year military career, he oversaw and led the postwar transition to the all-volunteer armed forces that the United States has maintained ever since, and also worked to stem racial strife and reduce drug abuse among its soldiers.
Julia Moore was involved in delivering telegrams bearing news of death or injury and also attended the funerals of men under her husband’s command. His complaints to the Pentagon led to the creation of victim notification teams as well as survivor support networks.
In addition to the base name recommendation, the commission’s report provides a list of suggested names for each base to rename other assets associated with the Confederate name on the base and suggests donating removed items to local historical societies. , museums and veterans associations.
The commission’s report estimates a cost of $580,000 to rename Confederate-named assets at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Fort Eisenhower is the recommended name to replace Fort Gordon and is intended to commemorate the service of the 34th US President Dwight Eisenhower as an Army general.
Eisenhower entered West Point as a cadet in 1911 and continued to rise in the military and eventually led combined land, air and sea forces on D-Day in the largest amphibious landing in history, the commission says. .
In Alabama, Fort Novosel is the proposed new name for Fort Rucker in commemoration of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel Sr.
The estimated cost for renaming the base and other Confederate namesakes on the base is estimated at $1.5 million.
Novosel served over 40 years in the military; he is known for various heroic deeds in aviation. Most notably, his actions to rescue a group of injured and surrounded South Vietnamese soldiers, the commission reports.
According to the William M. “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, the naming commission must submit its final report to Congress by October 1 with recommendations to remove, rename, or modify” names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia” within the Department of Defense that commemorates the Confederacy.
The commission’s 104-page report – which details the commission’s methodology, search for candidates and reasons for its final selections – for the nine bases can be viewed at https://www.thenamingcommission.gov/report.