Fanning was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Army today by the US Senate.
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin called the confirmation “a demonstration of the continued progress towards fairness and equality in our nation’s armed forces.”
Fanning has over 25 years of security experience, working as undersecretary and acting secretary of the Air Force. His qualifications are impeccable and were never questioned. Ironically, his sexual orientation was never mention during the confirmation process.
“Secretary-Designate Fanning’s historic confirmation demonstrates that in America, we value hard work, talent and dedication,” said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. “The capacity in which any individual can faithfully serve our country should not be limited.”