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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.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has selected former acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning as his Chief of Staff, and the first openly gay man to hold the post.


Eric Fanning Confirmed as Secretary of the Army

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.


U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning visits Soldiers in Iraq

ICYMI: Eric Fanning reflects on becoming the highest-ranking, Senate-confirmed openly-LGBTQ appointed official.


Eric Fanning sworn in as Army secretary after eight months in limbo

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Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army

Washington Post: Sept. 18, 2015 - Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army


The U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Fanning to the position of Secretary of the Army, making him the highest ranking openly gay member of the Department of Defense.

The White House announced on Friday that out Army Secretary Eric Fanning and out former professional basketball player Jason Collins will attend the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics on behalf of President Obama.

Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-US Combined Division and its rotational elements highlighted the critical roles they play in strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance, countering emerging threats and ensuring stability in the region, during Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning's visit to Camp Casey and Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Aug. 3.