The swell of protests in May and June across the country condemning racism and urging reform is forcing a reckoning within the Department of Defense on the presence of Confederate symbology, including the names of iconic military bases. U.S. Army bases in the South present the most visible flashpoints, with 10 bases there named for Confederate generals of the Civil War. Some of those names are instantly recognizable to many Americans regardless of their veteran status, such as Fort Bragg—home to the famed 82nd Airborne Division.
What to Do about the Naval Academy’s Confederate Connections?
By Captain Don Donegan, U.S. Navy (Retired)