Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA) praised the news that President Obama has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning as Secretary of the U.S. Army — making him the first openly gay civilian to be nominated as secretary of one of the military services.

“We are thrilled to see Eric Fanning nominated to lead the world’s greatest Army,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “History continues to be written and equality marches forward with the nomination of an openly gay man to serve in this significantly important role. Fanning’s expertise and knowledge within the defense community together with his sensitivity to issues faced by LGBT service members and their families are why we urge the Senate to move quickly to confirm his appointment.

Fanning has been Acting Under Secretary of the Army since June 2015, and has also served at senior levels in both the Navy and the Air Force.