Monday, July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

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Letter: Rename military bases


When Defense Secretary Esper said he would consider proposals to remove the names of Confederate military figures from U.S. bases, President Trump vehemently tweeted that he would not consider such an action. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said renaming bases would be “an insult” to troops who served there and were then sent off to combat zones overseas.

My brother served in Vietnam where he earned a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and other commendations including the Legion of Merit. When he retired from National Guard service in 2004, he did so as a Brigadier General in the Michigan Air National Guard. He also has a background in law enforcement, having served five elected terms as the Sheriff of Kalamazoo County, Mich.

So I asked him what he thought about the “insult” to his service since he served multiple times at Fort Lee. Here is his (shortened) response: “Rename them all. Who the hell cares except racists and Trump.”

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