West Point Commences Remediation Efforts

By West Point Public Affairs

Date: Monday, Dec 19, 2022 Time: 9:37 EST RELEASE NO: 27-22

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Secretary of Defense approved and directed remediation efforts at the U.S. Military Academy as outlined by The Naming Commission’s final report to Congress that identified 13 confederate assets and memorabilia be removed, renamed, or stored by December 2023. This endeavor is set to begin this month.

The Naming Commission is a congressionally mandated authority charged with providing recommendations to the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee for the removal or renaming of bases, ships and other Department of Defense assets that commemorate the confederacy.

The William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law No: 116-283) at Title III Operation and Maintenance, Subtitle E Other Matters, Section 370, directed the establishment of a commission relating to assigning, modifying, or removing of names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia to assets of the Department of Defense that commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.

Academy leaders and key stakeholders developed a comprehensive plan to ensure that historical artifacts will be professionally and respectfully handled during the execution phase. Memorabilia removed during this process will be relocated to appropriate sites including museums or other suitable venues.

You can read the report and follow our progress on our webpage at www.westpoint.edu/naming-commission-report.

About West Point

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City.  It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world's premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country.  Its mission remains constant-to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army.  For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.