The top general in the U.S. said on Wednesday he is open to the idea of renaming Army posts which are named after Confederate generals.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley was asked by Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) to "comment on the naming of army installations after Confederate soldiers" before the House Armed Services Committee.
"I personally think that the original decisions to name those bases after Confederate generals ... were political decisions ... 100 years ago, and they're going to be political decisions today," Milley said.
"We've also got to take a hard look at the symbology, the symbols, things like confederate flags, and statues, and bases, and all that kind of stuff."
Milley added, "the way we should do it matters as much as that we should do it," recommending the creation of "a commission of folks to take a hard look at the bases, the statues, the names and all of this stuff, to see if we can have a rational, mature discussion."
Milley's comments come a month after President Trump tweeted that his administration "will not even consider" renaming army bases named after Confederate generals.
It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations. Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!