President Obama nominated Eric Fanning, current Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, to be the next Secretary of the Army. The nomination, which was announced Friday along with a a number of other key Administration roles, would make Fanning the first openly gay secretary of a military branch.
Fanning will succeed Army Secretary John McHugh, who has said he will leave the post by Nov. 1 after six years on the job.
A little about Fanning from the White House press release: From 2013 to 2015, Fanning served as Under Secretary of the Air Force and as Acting Secretary of the Air Force in 2013. Fanning previously served as a Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining the Administration, he was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Fanning worked for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), first as the Washington Regional Director in 2001 and then as Senior Vice President for Strategic Development from 2001 to 2007. Fanning received a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Update: We’ve gotten some questions about this claim and thought we’d clarify. Searching “LGBTQ” on whitehouse.gov yields the message as seen in the top image. The fact checking site Snopes has said the clearing of the website was announced earlier this week and it was made clear the information and sites from Obama’s administration would be [...]