Fort Hood Renamed After First Hispanic 4-Star General, Richard Cavazos

Fort Hood, Texas was renamed on Tuesday after the Army’s first Hispanic four-star general, General Richard Cavazos.

Cavazos was born in Kingsville, Texas to Mexican-American parents. He was commissioned to the Army after graduating high school. He is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. Cavazos died in 2017 at 88 years old.

Originally named after Confederate General John Bell Hood, the fort is home to the 1st Cavalry Division and is also used by the U.S. Reserve and National Guard for training. Around 34,500 military personnel and 48,500 family members are stationed at the base.

The move comes after the Department of Defense’s Naming Commission recommended renaming nine U.S. military installations that were named after members of the Confederacy.

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