President Obama's nominated Eric Fanning as the next secretary of the Army, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a U.S military service branch. Paul Chapman reports
Eric Fanning, seen here in file footage, is currently the acting U.S. Army undersecretary. His nomination by President Barack Obama for the job of secretary of the Army opens the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history. His nomination has yet to be confirmed by the Senate. Obama's said in a statement Fanning brings years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to the role. He's previously worked as Air Force Undersecretary and chief of staff to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Advocacy groups are hailing Fanning's nomination as a significant sign of progress towards protecting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender soldiers. The U.S. military updated its equality policies earlier this year to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.