Eric Fanning’s 25-year career in the U.S. military culminated in his appointment to be the U.S. Secretary of the Army – the first out LGBTQ head of any service in the U.S. military. President Barack Obama nominated him for the position in September 2015, however his confirmation was held up until May 2016 because of a dispute between a Republican senator and the Obama administration on an issue unrelated to Fanning. Prior to being Secretary of the Army, Fanning was appointed to other key positions, including Under Secretary of the Air Force and Acting Under Secretary of the Army. Fanning served as Secretary of the Army until the end of the Obama presidency. He was also an LGBTQ+ Victory Fund board member from 2004 to 2007.
United States Secretary of the Army (2016 – 2017)
Acting United States Under Secretary of the Army (2015 – 2015)
Acting United States Secretary of the Air Force (2013 – 2013)
Under Secretary of the Air Force (2013 – 2015)