Washington, DC – Today the Senate confirmed Eric Fanning as the next Secretary of the Army.  Mr. Fanning will be the first openly gay secretary of a military service.  Fanning was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army by President Obama in September of last year and was later named Acting Secretary of the Army when Secretary McHugh retired, but stepped down while he awaited confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

“We are thrilled to see Eric Fanning finally confirmed as the next Secretary of the Army,” stated AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack.  “His leadership and experience within the defense community together with his sensitivity towards issues specifically facing our LGBT service members and their families make him the ideal candidate to lead our nation’s Army.  It has been a long, arduous road to his confirmation, and we look forward to working with him directly in the near future.”

Mr. Fanning’s confirmation had hit several major roadblocks, most recently delayed due to Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, who entangled the nomination of Mr. Fanning with his insisting the Obama Administration offer assurances that Guantanamo would not be closed and detainees transferred to the States.