Fort Bragg officials to discuss required name change — and they want your input

Cumberland County News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — Fort Bragg officials will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss renaming the post and they want the public’s input.

The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress last year, requires that U.S. military installations named after Confederate soldiers be renamed. Fort Bragg is one of those installations.

According to Fort Bragg officials, the post began as Camp Bragg on Sept. 4, 1918, as an artillery training center. The base is named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg for his efforts in the Mexican-American War.

“We’re amplifying the opportunity for the community to be involved with the name-changing process,” Col. Scott Pence said. “We are engaging the community to solicit their feedback on name recommendations. We want to ensure our stakeholders, Soldiers, families, civilians, and members of the community have the unique opportunity to provide a name recommendation for our installation.”

There are 10 military installations that will be required to change names:

  • Camp Beauregard, Louisiana
  • Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia
  • Fort Lee, Virginia
  • Fort Pickett, Virginia
  • Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina

One suggestion is to “rename” the base as Fort Bragg – named after Braxton Bragg’s cousin, Union General Edward Bragg. Pence said that is among the considerations.

“It’s written pretty clearly that the name should be inspiring, have connection to the area where the installation is from, and most importantly it’s not someone who served as a leader in the confederacy,” Pence said.

A panel of nine community leaders — including Mayor Mitch Colvin, the chief of the Lumbee Tribe, and the CEO of Cape Fear Valley Health — will help narrow down the names.

For more information about the Naming Commission or to pass along your name change recommendation, click one of the following links:

Fort Bragg leaders will hold a media briefing Wednesday at 2:45 p.m.

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