Naming Commission report estimates cost to be $62.5M to remove confederate monikers

The group proposed earlier this summer that the U.S. Army rename nine bases that originally recognized confederate leaders.

The Congressional Naming Commission recommended to Congress that hundreds of Confederate-honoring names on U.S. military assets have their monikers changed, and it’s estimated to cost $62.5 million to do so.

According to CBS News, retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, the commission’s vice chair, said it had reviewed roughly 1,100 assets from across the services connected to the Confederacy. In its final report to Congress submitted Monday — ahead of the October 1 deadline — they suggested the Department of Defense rename or remove hundreds of items.

“The Commission recommends the Secretary of Defense authorize Directors of all Defense entities and organizations rename Defense assets under their control that commemorate the Confederacy or individuals who voluntarily served with the Confederacy,” the Naming Commission said in its final report.

This Jan. 2020 file photo shows a sign at Fort Bragg, N.C. An independent commission is recommending that the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be dismantled and taken down as part of its final report to Congress on the renaming of military bases and assets that commemorate the Confederacy. (Photo: Chris Seward/AP, File)

“This includes all assets identified on the Defense inventory list to include buildings, streets, and digital assets,” It added. “The Commission recommends the Secretary of Defense establish Defense enterprise-wide process(es) for the physical and digital assets listed in the Naming Plan with the goal of gaining financial efficiencies in the removal, renaming, or modifying of the designated Defense assets.”

The group proposed earlier this summer that the U.S. Army rename nine bases that originally recognized Confederate leaders to instead honor more diverse heroes, a move that would cost around $21 million. Recommendations included the late former secretary of state Gen. Colin Powell or Lt. Col. Charity Adams, the commander of the all-Black, all-female 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in World War II.

In the second part of its findings, the Naming Commission highlighted items at U.S. military academies, and in the third report, street and building names were identified it says should be removed or renamed by the U.S. Defense Department.

While the commission provided new names for the nine bases, it is up to the services to choose new names for the remaining items. Nearly 500 of the more than 34,000 submissions the public made to the commission last year with recommendations for new names are listed in the third section of the report as ideas the Defense Department should consider.

Congress established the Naming Commission in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, theGrio previously reported.

According to CBS, the defense secretary has until January 2024 to implement the suggestions, per the bill.

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