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Fort Hood officially changes name to Fort Cavazos

By Elizabeth Delaney
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May 11, 2023

The renaming of Fort Hood became official on Tuesday. The army base with a troubled history has been given the new name of Fort Cavazos.

This is the first of several efforts being made by the military to rename multiple bases with their roots in a Confederate namesake.

“We are proud to be renaming Fort Hood as Fort Cavazos in recognition of an outstanding American hero, a veteran of the Korea and Vietnam wars and the first Hispanic to reach the rank of four-star general in our Army," Lt. Gen. Sean Bernabe, III Armored Corps Commanding General said in a press release.

Many feel Cavazos was a great leader

"General Cavazos’ combat proven leadership, his moral character and his loyalty to his Soldiers and their families made him the fearless yet respected and influential leader that he was during the time he served, and beyond.

“We are ready and excited to be part of such a momentous part of history, while we honor a leader who we all admire," Bernabe said.

"...I think that's a wonderful tribute, "retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert T. Clark commented to Fox News Digital regarding the renaming.

"He would be very humbled at the very idea of that," Clark added.

"I was not supportive of changing the name...Fort Hood, for a lot of people, will always be Fort Hood," said retired Lt. General Richard Graves.

"But if they're going to change it, they picked the right person," Graves added.

"He was very concerned about the welfare of the soldiers. That was his biggest thing. The second thing is...that he had some good common sense, and he knew what to do [both on the battle field and during peace time]...he was a wonderful man, a great warrior and a legend in his own time," said Graves.

Cavazos grew up near Fort Hood

Cavazos was born in 1929 and grew up in Kingsville, Texas on a cattle ranch that was just under 300 miles from Fort Hood, according to the New York Post.

During his school years, he enjoyed playing football and received a football scholarship from what's presently known as Texas Tech University.

After an injury ended his potential future in football, he decided to enroll in the ROTC program at the university. Cavazos began his army career in 1951 after graduation.

During his time serving in the Army, Cavazos was the first Hispanic to become a brigadier general, according to the New York Post.

As he continued his service, he became a four-star general in 1982 and spent time commanding at Fort Hood.

Cavazos retired from the army in 1984 after serving for 33 years, and mentored many Army commanders while living out his days in San Antonio, Texas, according to a press release.

He passed away in 2017 from Alzheimer's complications, according to the New York Post.