President Barack Obama is nominating longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning, a civilian, would be the nation's first openly gay leader of a military service.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, left, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III speak to The Doolittle Raiders after their final toast at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 09, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Desiree N. Palacios)
President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.