Obama Announces Nomination of First Openly Gay Man as Secretary of the Army

The White House announced Friday afternoon that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Erik F. Fanning as the next secretary of the Army, a move that would make Fanning the first openly gay person to lead the Army if confirmed by the Senate.


Fanning has served as acting under secretary of the Army since June 2015 and previously served as special assistant to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. He has a long record of national security service in the military and Congress which dates back more than two decades. The 47-year-old, however, has no record of military service, but it is not a requirement for the position and many who have held the position have not served.

The White House announced the nomination in a news release with several others.


Obama to Nominate First Openly Gay Man as Secretary of the Army | TheBlaze.com

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Image via: Department of Defense – Erik Fanning

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