The commission in charge of finding a new name for Fort Hood has made their recommendation and submitted Fort Cavazos to Congress for approval.
General Richard Cavazos proudly served in the United States Army for 33 years, his historic first is the reason he was considered for the name change.
National Defense Authorization Act
The effort to change the name began following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act on January 1, 2021. Fort Hood is one of 10 military establishments named after a Confederate leader. The passing of the National Defense Authorization Act allowed for the renaming of all 10 bases to be changed by the year 2024.
Fort Hood got it's name in in 1942 after Brigadier General A.D. Bruce was assigned to develop a new tank destroyer division. He chose Killeen, Texas and would name the new division Fort Hood, after Confederate General John Bell Hood.
Renaming Fort Hood
Renaming Fort Hood has been a controversial conversation over the last couple of years, with many people saying they should just leave it as is because, "you can't rewrite history". Ohers want a new name that doesn't reflect America's racist history.
Here were the names being considered:
- MSG Roy P. Benavidez
- Gen. Richard E. Cavazos
- LTC Harold Cohen
- SFC Eduardo C. Gomez
- 1LT Audie Murphy
- SSG Ruben Rivers
- SFC Paul R. Smith
- Gen. Donn A. Starry
- BG Charles Young
- Fort Central Texas
- Fort Courage
General Richard E. Cavazos
According to The National Museum of the United States Army, Richard E. Cavazos was born in 1929 in Kingsville, Texas and joined the Army in 1951. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and would be the first Hispanic brigadier general in 1976 and then promoted to four-star general in 1982.
Congress is set to vote on the new name in October.
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I was excited to move to Temple and start a new chapter in my life, and while life here's been good so far, the moving part...well, not so much. Here are a few things I learned that might help you out if you're looking to make this place home.
This Temple, Texas DoorDasher Helped an Elderly Woman Get Fresh Start
Shelby Moeller never imagined that an odd request while delivering for Door Dash would lead to a life-changing experience for him as well as an elderly woman who needed more than food.
He described his initial encounter on Facebook, thanking people who offered to help the 78-year-old woman he named 'Jane Doe' to protect her privacy. On March 20th, he was able to share some amazing news on Facebook.
"Many of you probably remember my post last week about door dashing and coming across an elderly woman in deplorable conditions. When I made the post, I was thinking that I just needed to raise awareness that our elderly right here in our community are often alone, forgotten, and in need of help. I never imagined that through my post, God was going to provide a small but mighty army of volunteers that would jump in and save Jane Doe."
Jane Doe had to be moved out of her apartment while biohazard disinfecting was done by Spotless Crime Clean. All furniture, carpet, and most of her possessions had to be thrown away. There was also no edible food, as everything in the kitchen was either expired or infested with insects.
Shelby was able to spend some time with the woman, who he described as his 'new adopted grandma'. He learned about her background, and how she had struggled throughout her entire life, being reduced to having nothing multiple times. She had developed some hoarding behaviors, and he believed that some of that was due to her fear of losing everything again.
Take a look at the before and after photos of the amazing transformation of her home that changed a Central Texas woman's life and helped her start over in a healthy environment.