October 13th, 2022
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Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has approved renaming nine military bases and eliminating more than 1,100 other assets honoring the Confederacy.
In a memo released last week, Austin said the Defense Department had accepted the Naming Commission’s final recommendations for revising the various military elements.
Congress created the commission to wipe Confederate States of America references from U.S. military assets.
“I fully support the efforts and recommendations of the Naming Commission on this important matter, and I am committed to implementing all of the Commission’s recommendations as soon as possible,” Austin said in the memo.
“The installations and facilities that our department operates are … powerful public symbols of our military,” he added.
“The names of these installations and facilities should inspire all those who call them home, fully reflect the history and the values of the United States and commemorate the best of the republic that we are all sworn to protect.”
There’s a 90-day waiting period for implementing the commission’s recommendations, but Austin said he wants all the changes by Jan. 1, 2024.
Austin directed the relevant departments to start making the changes that aren’t subject to the 90-day waiting period, including the Pentagon’s memorialization and naming process.
A working group led by the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment will oversee fully realizing the commission’s suggestions.
The eight-member Naming Commission had until Oct. 1 for its final proposals.
Commissioners spent 18 months reviewing hundreds of DoD assets referencing the Confederacy, including installations, ships, monuments, symbols and campaign streamers.
The group’s findings appeared in three reports.
The first report called for renaming nine Army bases currently mentioning senior Confederate officers.
The second report focused on U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy assets.
The third report addressed all other property under DoD jurisdiction.
The renaming effort is expected to cost $62.5 million.
“The department’s implementation of the commission’s recommendations … will give proud new names that are rooted in their local communities and that honor American heroes whose valor, courage and patriotism exemplify the very best of the United States military,” Austin wrote.
Those bases include:
- Alabama’s Fort Rucker becoming Fort Novosel in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel, Sr.
- Georgia’s Fort Benning changing to Fort Moore in honor of Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and his wife, Julia; and Fort Gordon switching to Fort Eisenhower in honor President and former Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower
- Louisiana’s Fort Polk becoming Fort Johnson in honor of Sgt. William Henry Johnson
- North Carolina’s Fort Bragg shifting to Fort Liberty in honor of the American value of liberty
- Texas’s Fort Hood transitioning to Fort Cavazos in honor of Gen. Richard E. Cavazos
- Virginia’s Fort A.P. Hill switching to Fort Walker in honor of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker; Fort Lee morphing into Fort Gregg-Adams in honor of Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg and Lt. Col. Charity Adams; and Fort Pickett becoming Fort Barfoot in honor of Tech. Sgt. Van T. Barfoot
ARLINGTON, Va. – Five Army National Guard members were among four teams selected for the final round of the U.S. Army’s inaugural Best Squad Competition.
The Best Squad Competition, formerly the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition, produces the U.S. Army’s Best Squad and the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year.
The 2022 U.S. Army BSC began with 12 Active Duty, Reserve Component and Special Forces teams competing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Sept. 29 to Oct. 6. The top four teams moved on to the District of Columbia to complete the final boards, with the winners announced Oct. 10.
Although the ARNG team did not take home the top honors, their success in the competition was a significant sign of the capabilities of the National Guard, said Command Sgt. Maj. John Raines, the command sergeant major of the Army National Guard.
“It’s a tough competition. It’s physically and mentally challenging,” Raines said. “Working cohesively as a team is what allows for success here, and it’s also what makes Army Guard units effective when deploying overseas or responding at home.”
The ARNG team comprises five Soldiers selected through National Guard competitions in all 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Team members include:
Staff Sgt. Bryan Kummer – Nebraska National Guard
Sgt. Tyler Holloway – Wyoming National Guard
Sgt. Austin Manville – New York National Guard
Spc. Wyatt Walls – Oregon National Guard
Spc. Nathaniel Miska – Minnesota National Guard
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October 13th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Fort Richardson, Anchorage AK, and Camp Murray, Fort Lewis, WA – Two states tie for claiming to have enlisted the first female soldier into their respective Army National Guard units. At Camp Murray, Specialist Five Nora Campbell is sworn on this date as a member of the Washington Army National Guard. At virtually the same time, Specialist Five Mary L. Cunningham is sworn in as a member of the Alaska Army National Guard in Anchorage. Both are members of their respective State Area Headquarters (the Specialist Five enlisted ran is no longer in use; it was the equivalent to a Sergeant, E-5). In 1967 Congress authorized the enlistment of prior-service female personnel into the Guard under Public Law 90-130 effective 1 July 1968. Only prior service women were allowed to join at this point due to the war in Vietnam demanding so much money that none was available to train women for enlisted Guard service. The Air Guard immediately enlisted its first prior-service woman when Technical Sergeant Reannie Pocock joined the 146th Military Airlift Wing, CA ANG in 1968. However, the Army Guard waited three years before finally accepting its first enlisted women soldiers. As the war in Vietnam drew to a close in the early 1970s, and the all-volunteer and Total Force policies took effect, Congress amended the law, added more money for Guard training and allowed the direct enlistment of women with no prior-service experience.
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