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Have you heard? Fort Lee among three Virginia army bases getting new names

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The final decision on the recommendations for the new names of three U.S. army bases — Fort Lee, Fort Pickett and Fort Hill — in Virginia has been announced.

The decision to rename the bases came after Congress overrode the President’s veto of the defense spending bill in 2021. Shortly after, Congress enlisted the help of an independent commission, which was tasked with renaming the bases with names related to the confederacy. The Naming Commission released its final report on recommending the new Army base names — encompassed in Part I of the plan — to Congress on Monday, Sept. 19.

Part I of the three-part final report recommended names for nine military bases, including Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Rucker in Alabama, Fort Polk in Louisiana, Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia, and Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Lee and Fort Pickett in Virginia.

The Commission said the new names were decided upon by taking several factors into account, such as lists of all service assets based on Commission criteria, consideration of local sensitivities, discussions with elected officials, and direct public input. See the new names below.

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