With a simple command of “Uncase the colors,” Fort Liberty came into official existence Friday, June 2, at a ceremony to rename the North Carolina Army installation, that was Fort Bragg.
Led by Lieutenant General Christopher Donahue – the Commanding General of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Liberty – officials cased the colors of Fort Bragg, which the installation had been named since its inception.
“We were given a mission to redesignate our installation – no small task, with its history,” Donahue said. “We seized this opportunity to make ourselves better, and to seek excellence. That is what we always have done, and always will do.”
The change from Bragg to Liberty came about after Congress decided to rename installations that were named in honor of Confederate generals. Fort Bragg was among nine posts that have been, or will be changing names. A task force called The Naming Commission determined suggested names for all the installations, and an order from the Department of Defense called for those name changes to happen in 2023.
“As we change to Fort Liberty, our rich history and heritage will remain, along with our mission,” a release from Fort Liberty said. “Fort Liberty unites all of what this installation stands for – through a common connection, representing all who serve, and has a special significance to our military units and the community. It’s the people who make Fort Liberty what it is.”