The military installation near Killeen, Texas, was renamed Tuesday in honor of a South Texas native.
KILLEEN, Texas — In a historic move reflecting a national effort to move away from Confederate-era legacies, Texas’ Fort Hood was renamed Fort Cavazos on Tuesday.
Known as one of the largest military instillations in the country, the place’s new name is in honor of General Richard Edward Cavazos, who made military history in 1982 by becoming the first Hispanic four-star general in the US Army.
A veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, Cavazos served in the US Army for 33 years. He died in 2017 and is buried in Sam Houston Cemetery in San Antonio.
Many who spoke at the dedication described the general as a humble leader.
“General Cavazos was known as a ‘soldier’s soldier’ who earned admiration, loyalty and respect,” Lt. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe said during Tuesday’s ceremony. “Through his warrior ethos, through his selflessness, through his genuine empathy and through his unquestionable love for soldiers.”
For years Fort Hood had been named after Lieutenant General John Bell Hood who was a Confederate leader during the Civil War.
The new Fort Cavazos is one of several military instillations undergoing a name change after a congressional committee recommended removing Confederate names from military bases, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 passed by Congress.
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