I have complete a quick Study of the Naming of Military Branches, and specifically the naming of military bases.
The WAR Department, now The Department of Defense is responsible for the naming of Military Bases, which traditionally the War Department/Department of Defense had always deferred to the designated Branches Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy Department level. In the 1890s a Secretary of War recommended based on a study to name Military installations after Military heroes who were considered Military heroes. In 1958, it was codified that the Department of the Army would be the official branch to handle the naming the Military posts. It was officially decided the naming of Military bases should be for distinguished Officers, without regard to branch, or (Whether Confederate or Union) if they strongly influenced the Military of the United States. In 1972 another AR was published that again clarified authority for naming military installations. The allowing the military of naming Installations occurred in 1917, the 1920s, and 1940s. The AR officially designated that the tradition of the Department of defense, allowing the Command Structure and Installation Commanders to name their Installations, was now in an AR as having that authority. The official guidance for commanders is to be as conciliatory towards the wishes of the local area, and as much as possible to choose a suitable officer who was connected to the region or area. This means outside political pressure from the local and State governments in which the installation was located, were allowed to influence the naming of the Installation.
The false claim that the white Racists and Confederate sympathizers were prevalent in the army and trying to deliberately, name posts for Confederates in order to keep Confederacy and slavery alive. There have been at least 4 official and several times moves to change the names of the bases has occurred, and each time, The Military, not in some big conspiracy, based on cost, and other logistical and non political reasons to change the base. While their was a lot of political influence and pressure towards renaming bases. and concerns that the name of the Installation was harmful to the morale of the black and brown service members. I have been out of uniform since 2012. But up until that point, the black and brown soldiers that I had the honor to serve with and meet, could have cared less about the name of the Installation, and in some cases was the source of a lot of veteran humor, by those black and brown soldiers. In 2020, commissions were selected to study and congress in 2021 official appointed a renaming Commission. Congress is trying to supersede and interfere, and assume powers, by their own legislation and authority, of power that has always been a part of the Military.
Currently their is no law, and the naming authority by Military Regulations belongs to the Army where it should stay. Arkansas has one Federal Installation, named after a Confederate General, and that Being the US Army Reserve Post located at Camp Robinson, North Little Rock Arkansas. This post was original named after General Albert Pike. during World War I the entire Post was Ft. Pike. When the National Guard needed and was authorized a Post, it was deemed the National Guard portion would be Named Camp Joseph T Robinson.