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Named after Robert E. Lee, an Army fort now honors 2 pioneering Black officers


Good morning. I'm Michel Martin.

An Army base in Virginia has been renamed from Fort Lee, for the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, to Fort Gregg-Adams after two officers - the late Lieutenant Colonel Charity Adams, the first Black officer in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, and Lieutenant General Arthur Gregg, the Army's first Black three-star general. At a ceremony yesterday, Gregg, who's 94, said he hopes the base's new name will instill pride in every soldier entering our mighty gates.

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