Army secretary, Defense secretary 'open' to renaming installations named after Confederates

In February an Army spokesperson had indicated that there were no plans to rename any installations

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy
(Department of Defense)
Updated: June 8, 2020 - 10:28pm

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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is reportedly open open to renaming 10 Army installations named after Confederate leaders.

Politico on Monday reported that Army spokesperson Col. Sunset Belinsky in a statement indicated that both McCarthy and Defense Secretary Mark Esper "are open to a bi-partisan discussion on the topic."

In February, an Army spokesperson had informed Task & Purpose that the military branch did not plan to rename any facilities.

"We have no plans to rename any street or installation, including those named for Confederate generals," the official said.

The news comes as protests have erupted across the nation following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

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