America’s in the state of a major — some might say total — redo.
And with regard to the past, we’re in the midst of a renaming.
To that end, Congress and the Pentagon moved forward Friday to update military bases and property.
Why: Their Confederate-oriented monikers have gotta go.
Hence, the dynamic duo’s appointing members to a new commission that’ll come up with brand-spanking branding.
As part of progress, new Biden Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin cleaned house earlier this month by yanking Trump-appointed panelists.
Lloyd fingered four replacements, per The Hill:
[R]etired Adm. Michelle Howard, a former vice chief of naval operations and the first African American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship; former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Bob Neller; retired Army Brig. Gen. Ty Seidule, professor emeritus of history at West Point; and Kori Schake, a former State and Defense department official who is now director of foreign and defense policy studies at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute.
Via a statement, the defense secretary proclaimed, “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.”
New members weren’t picked solely by Democrats; included in the appointment process were House and Senate Armed Services committee members among the GOP.
So what’ll be renamed?
The Daily Wire sheds some light:
While most of the focus has been on Army bases that are named after Confederate leaders — of which there are ten — the legislation involves picking new names for any “base, installation, street, building, facility, aircraft, ship, plane, weapon, equipment or any other property owned or controlled by the Department of Defense.”
Military.com runs the bad bases:
The 10 Army posts named in honor of Confederate generals are Camp Beauregard and Fort Polk in Louisiana; Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia; Fort Bragg in North Carolina; Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Lee and Fort Pickett in Virginia; Fort Rucker in Alabama, and Fort Hood in Texas. The installations were named primarily during the south’s Jim Crow era in the 1910s and 1940s.
The administration of Joe Biden is surely set to clean house, particularly since the prior Commander-in-Chief was none other than Donald John Trump.
Amid the mopping, expect more military moves.
Last month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd indicated his support of transgender servicemembers.
In his own words:
“If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve and you can expect that I will support that throughout.”
In 2017, Trump offered this:
“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow … Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”
As the saying goes, “That was then, this is now.”
Some of those who’ve migrated from the Men’s room to the Women’s will also benefit from another recent redo under President Joe.
I covered the makeover February 9th:
Approved grooming revisions include the following:
- Optional wear of earrings
- Optional wear of lipstick
- Optional wear of nail colors for women
- Optional wear of clear nail polish for men
And the wheels of the bus go ’round and ’round.
Confederate names, you’re base-ically history.