Maryland Democratic Rep. Anthony G. Brown, an Army veteran, shared his positive response to the announcement.

“I learned to fly helicopters at Fort Rucker. I deployed to Iraq from Fort Bragg, and I earned my jump wings at Fort Benning. All these bases honored men who wouldn’t want me or other Black Americans serving in uniform, let alone in Congress,” he said.

“This is about more than names and symbolism; who our military chooses to honor sets a path forward for other necessary reforms to make our armed services more inclusive, diverse and just,” he added.

In addition to the recommended renaming of Army bases, the commission involved has been assigned to identify other military assets with Confederate ties to consider renaming. The full list includes more than 750 names across military locations.

“The Commission established criteria focused on ensuring the names considered for military installations appropriately reflected the courage, values, sacrifices and demographics of the men and women in our armed forces, with consideration given to the local or regional significance of names and their potential to inspire and motivate service members. Full details will be included in the Commission’s final report,” according to the Naming Commission.

The group’s task only includes Department of Defense assets and does not include new names for National Guard installations.