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Secretary Austin Announces Members of Base-Naming Commission

12 February 2021

From David Vergun

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today the Defense Department's representatives to the Congressionally-mandated commission on the naming of items in the department that commemorate the Confederacy.

"I am pleased to announce today the names of four outstanding leaders who have agreed to serve," he said in a statement.

Retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard; retired Marine Corps Gen. Bob Neller; Dr. Kori Schake, director of Foreign & Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; and retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, emeritus professor of history, U.S. Military Academy, will serve on what's commonly called the Confederate Base Naming Commission.

A large welcome sign bears the name of Fort Hood, Texas.
A large welcome sign bears the name of Fort Hood, Texas.
Welcome Sign
The main gate at Fort Hood can be seen on South Fort Hood Street in Killeen, Texas. Fort Hood is one of a number of Army bases named for Confederate generals.
Photo By: Army
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"Each of these individuals possesses unique and relevant experience in and out of government that I know will inform this important effort. I am enormously grateful for their willingness to serve the nation again, and I thank them in advance for the wise counsel I am confident they will provide," Austin stated.

"I also thank the Congress for establishing this process, and I continue to pledge my personal commitment — and that of the department — to making sure it succeeds. I look forward to seeing the results of the commission's work in the months ahead," he added.


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