Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is now “open” to renaming the service’s 10 bases and facilities that are named after Confederate leaders, an Army official told POLITICO, in a reversal of his previous position.
“The Secretary of the Army is open to a bipartisan discussion on the topic,” said Army spokesperson Col. Sunset Belinsky Monday.
As recently as February, the Army said the service had no plans to rename the facilities, following the Marine Corps’ announcement that it planned on banning images of Confederate flags from its installations.
An Army spokesperson told Task & Purpose at the time that the Army has a “tradition” of naming installations and streets after “historical figures of military significance,” including both Union and Confederate leaders.
But the service has faced renewed pressure in recent weeks to rename some of its best-known installations, including Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Benning, Ga., after a New York Times editorial accused the military of “celebrating White supremacists.”
The urgent calls for change only increased last week as protests swept the nation over the death of George Floyd.