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In a Pentagon ceremony on Friday, the US Army base in August, Georgia, was renamed Fort Eisenhower to honor the service and legacy of former President Eisenhower. This move is the culmination of the Biden administration’s initiative to rebrand military posts, removing names of Confederate soldiers.
The renaming of Fort Gordon, initially named in homage to Confederate Lt. Gen. John Brown Gordon, now stands as a tribute to Eisenhower’s military leadership. During the ceremony, Susan Eisenhower, the former president’s granddaughter, spoke about her grandfather’s deep affection for the US and the Augusta community.
This comes after the Pentagon mandated the renaming of military installations that celebrated Confederate figures. Assisting this vast rebranding effort was a Congress-appointed Naming Commission. They projected that this renaming initiative would incur expenses surpassing $21 million.
Several other bases have been renamed to commemorate significant figures in military history. For instance, the three Virginia bases were christened Fort Gregg-Adams, Fort Barfoot, and Fort Walker, with names honoring two Black Army pioneers, a World War II Medal of Honor awardee, and the Civil War’s inaugural female surgeon and only female Medal of Honor recipient.
Bases in Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama were given new titles of Fort Cavazos, Fort Johnson, and Fort Novosel, each recognizing distinguished military personnel.