May 26, 2021
There are 10 American military bases named after Confederates who fought against the United States during the Civil War. And according to the annual defense bill passed at the start of the year, those bases will have different names soon. Perhaps, a base might be renamed after the woman who led the Combahee River raid, the very first U.S. military operation to be organized and led by a woman.
Ben Watson is News Editor at GovExec sibling site Defense One and the host of the Defense One Radio podcast. He previously worked at NPR and served for five years in the U.S. Army, where he was an award-winning combat cameraman and media advisor. He joined the show to discuss base renaming, the latest Defense One Radio episode and Harriet Tubman’s role in leading the Combahee River raid.