U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg solicits feedback from its community to ensure possible names are acceptable to most members of the community, while fulfilling the directives of the 2021 NDAA. All installations with Confederate namesakes will be renamed.
Department of Defense Naming Commission Guidance
Recommendations should exemplify our U.S. military and national values. We are determined to gain feedback and insight from every concerned citizen to ensure the best names are recommended. To accomplish this monumental task, we are engaging with local, city, state and federal leaders and communities. We also encourage all interested citizens to submit naming recommendations via our survey.
What is the National Defense Authorization Act?
The William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395) is a United States federal law which specifies the budget, expenditures and policies of the U.S. Department of Defense for fiscal year 2021. Analogous NDAAs have been passed annually for 59 years. The act is named in honor of Representative Mac Thornberry, who served as either the chair or the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry retired from Congress at the end of the congressional session.
The $740 billion bill includes pay raises for America's Soldiers and modernizations for equipment. A provision within the act would require the military to rename bases that were named after figures from the Confederacy.
What criteria are being considered for new names?
While we are still working to finalize the official criteria, the commission generally agrees that the names of our military installations should appropriately reflect the courage, values, sacrifices and diversity of our military men and women, with consideration given to the local or regional significance of names and their potential to inspire and motivate our service members.
How will new names be selected for installations?
Congress mandated incorporating local sensitivities in the process and recommendations. Members of the public may submit recommendations for names via the Commission's website.
Please note that the number of submissions received for any particular name will not influence final recommendations made by the commission - suggested names will be considered based solely on their merit. The Commission will provide its final recommendation to Congress by Oct. 1, 2022.