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(NOLA.Com) Camp Beauregard, the sprawling Louisiana installation in Pineville that functions as one of two main sites for the Louisiana National Guard, will get a new name later this year as it follows the Army’s lead in moving away from bases named for Confederate officers.
Louisiana Adjutant General D. Keith Waddell, a gubernatorial appointee, will decide between six names presented to him by a committee made up of national guard and civilian leaders, he said Tuesday. Waddell hopes to have made his decision within the next month with a rededication ceremony to come later this year.
“I understand that the Louisiana National Guard is a very diverse and inclusive organization,” Waddell said Tuesday. “I wanted to do what’s best for our organization and this is part of that.”
The names under consideration include: Louisiana National Guard Training Center Pineville, Central Louisiana Training Center Pineville, Camp Stroud, Louisiana Maneuvers Training Center, Camp Pineville and Post de Rapides.
An online survey conducted by the Guard showed 71% of respondents in favor of the name change, according to Lt. Col. Noel Collins, a Louisiana National Guard spokesperson. At a town hall held in September, the feedback was more mixed…Louisiana National Guard camp’s Confederate name to change | Local Politics | nola.com