FORT RUCKER, Ala (WDHN) — On April 10, Fort Rucker will officially be changed to Fort Novosel during a ceremony held at Veterans Park on the post.
The ceremony will not be open to the public, but it will be live-streamed on the installation’s Facebook Page.
The Daleville Gate will be closed from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., but the Newton gate will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beyond its normal hours.
The Fort will be named after Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Novosel Sr., a Medal of Honor recipient and resident of Enterprise, Alabama, who died in 2006.
Novosel was an aviator in World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam, where he rescued wounded soldiers in his helicopter while taking on heavy enemy fire. An action that earned him the Medal of Honor.
Last month, the U.S. Defense secretary approved recommendations to rename nine military bases that bear the names of Confederate soldiers.