- The Washington Times - Friday, September 18, 2015

President Obama is nominating Eric Fanning to be the secretary of the Army, the first openly gay person for the post, the White House said on Friday.

Mr. Fanning has been acting under secretary of the Army to the current secretary, John McHugh, who is preparing to leave the job. He has served as special assistant to Defense Secretary Ash Carter since March 2015, including as his chief of staff for several months.

He has worked in other services at the Pentagon, as under secretary of the Air Force and deputy under secretary of the Navy.

Eric Fanning is the perfect choice to lead the world’s best-trained, most dedicated, and formidable Army,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Considering the tremendous struggles that LGBT Americans have faced within the Department of Defense, Fanning’s nomination is deeply significant.”

The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

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