A Department of Defense (DOD) panel has been assembled to decide if Fort Polk will be renamed.

The panel committee has been charged with the comission to investigate any DOD properties named after any person who voluntarily served with the Confederate States of America as well as those that commemorate the Confederate States of America.

Secretary of Defense Chris Miller announced the committee has currently identified ten military installations, including Fort Polk, that have names tied to the Confederacy. The investigation will decide whether or not to change the names of DOD properties.

Government officials have said the renaming of the facilities will take about three years to fully complete.

Fort Polk was named after Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk, a graduate of West Point and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of Louisiana. He was born April 10, 1806 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was killed in the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.

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