Ft. Hood to officially drop its Confederate name and become Ft. Cavazos


*On May 9, the base will adopt the name of Gen. Richard Cavazos, a highly decorated war veteran and first Latino four-star general.

Gen. Richard Cavazos was a Mexican-American bo0rn in Kingsville, Texas. He commanded the III Corps, headquartered at Fort Hood. Hw was the first Latino four-star general in the army. -vl

Fort Hood, the sprawling Army base in Central Texas, will be officially renamed Fort Cavazos on May 9, base officials announced Friday.

From that day on, Fort Hood will carry the name of Gen. Richard Cavazos, a highly decorated war veteran who was the first Latino four-star general and first Latino brigadier general. It currently bears the name of a Confederate general, John Bell Hood.

The name change was recommended by the Department of Defense’s Naming Commission, which was created in 2021 after Congress ordered in a defense spending bill the removal of all imagery and titles honoring the Confederacy. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin ordered the commission’s recommended name change last October.

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