First Army installation to change Confederate name on Friday

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(KDH News) Fort Pickett, a Virginia National Guard installation approximately 60 miles south of Richmond, will become the first Army installation named after a Confederate soldier to change its name this Friday.

Fort Pickett will now become Fort Barfoot, named after Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient with deep Virginia ties. The other installations to be renamed by the beginning of 2024 are Fort Hood; Camp Beauregard, Louisiana; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Fort Hood is awaiting approval of the timeline for the redesignation ceremony to Fort Cavazos, according to Tom Rheinlander, Fort Hood’s director of public affairs. Fort Hood will comply with Department of the Army guidance and is actively working on a plan to ensure the post is prepared for the change while minimizing impacts or disruptions for soldiers, families and local communities, officials said.

The post anticipates the redesignation ceremony will take place…

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