U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper are "open to a bipartisan discussion" about renaming nearly a dozen bases and installations named after Confederate military leaders, an Army official said Monday evening.
The U.S. Army has 10 installations named after Confederate generals across the south, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
Although the official says McCarthy may have the authority to unilaterally change the names of military bases, consultation with the White House, Congress, and state and local governments must take place.
As recently as February, the Army said it had no plans to rename the posts, following the Marine Corp' decision to ban images bearing the Confederate flag from its installations.
McCarthy's reversal, however, was sparked by the protests and riots over the death of George Floyd.