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    Get Ready for Fort Liberty: The Pentagon Begins Changing Confederate Base Names

    Get Ready for Fort Liberty: The Pentagon Begins Changing Confederate Base Names

    The Pentagon has started the process of renaming Bragg and other bases, as well as ships and hundreds of signs and roads, as it plans to scrub ties to the Confederacy from all installations by the of 2024.

    A large Confederate memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was already being disassembled this week, according to the Pentagon. The 108-year-old monument depicts Southerners gallantly marching off to the Civil War — and their Black slaves holding a white soldier's baby and following troops obediently.

    William LaPlante, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, directed all Department of Defense organizations to implement this week the recommendations handed down by the Naming Commission, an independent panel created by Congress and charged with reviewing and replacing the names, according to a press release.

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    It's a heavy undertaking that includes new names for nine bases — Bragg will become Fort Liberty — two Navy ships and upward of 1,000 other items located on America's military installations. But Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon's press secretary, told reporters Wednesday he was optimistic it could all be done within the year.

    “I think we are confident, you know, each of the services has clear instructions in terms of what it is that they need to focus on, and where the…

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