LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Artillerymen from 3rd Cavalry Regiment suited up before sending rounds down range from tactical base Gamberi Friday, Sept. 16. On this particular day, something was different. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, the U.S. Army's top leader, was visiting the base to get a firsthand look at the mission in Afghanistan.
Eric Fanning, Out Gay Man, Takes Over As Acting Secretary Of The Air Force
Eric Fanning, Out Gay Man, Takes Over As Acting Secretary Of The Air Force With the retirement of Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, the undersecretary, Fanning, will serve as the civilian leader of the Air Force.
In a surprisingly progressive and productive move, Congress has actually approved President Obama's nomination of Eric Fanning for the role of the next Secretary of the Army. He is the first openly gay person to lead a branch of the US Military and the highest-ranking openly gay official ever at the Pentagon.