In a move that's sure to become part of his LGBT legacy, President Obama nominated the first openly gay military secretary this week. The president appointed current Eric Fanning to serve as secretary of the U. Army, a civilian leadership position. Fanning currently serves as the undersecretary of the U. Army, and before that, he acted as secretary of the U.
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Fanning to become Secretary of the Army -- who, if confirmed, would become the first openly gay chief to lead any military branch. Obama issued the nomination in a news release Friday that also listed several other new administration assignments. Department of Transportation. She is the daughter of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. I look forward to working with them," Obama said. Between and , he served as Under Secretary of the Air Force and acting secretary for a time in before Deborah Lee James was chosen by Obama.
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President Obama is nominating Eric Fanning to be the next Army secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Fanning would be the first openly gay person to lead a branch of the armed services. Fanning has served as the deputy undersecretary and deputy chief management officer for the Department of the Navy, deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, undersecretary of the Air Force, and later as the acting U. Most recently he served as chief of staff to the secretary of Defense and acting undersecretary of the Army.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Obama could confound Rick Warren critics by appointing gay man as Navy Secretary. Paired with the announcement that anti-gay rights evangelical pastor Rick Warren will give an invocation at Obama's inauguration, it's hard to know what to make of all this.