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Obama Appoints Gay Man Under Secretary of the Air Force

President Obama has nominated Eric Fanning as the next Under Secretary of the Air Force, the Victory Fund reports:

FanningFanning, who currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of the Navy, has deep experience both within the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, where he previously worked on the House Armed Services Committee.

According to the U.S. Air Force Web site, the Under Secretary for the Air Force is responsible for “the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of…more than 333,000 active duty men and women, 178,000 Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve members, 182,000 civilians, and their families.”  The under secretary serves as the Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, its senior energy official, and the focal point for space within Air Force Headquarters, according to the web site.

Said Obama of Fanning and four additional nominees: "It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

Added Fanning: "I am honored by the President's announcement, and look forward to working with the Congress and continuing to serve the Department of Defense during the confirmation process."

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  1. First Obama nominates a lesbian to the Federal bench, now this? This is (one of the reasons) why I voted for him.

    Stick that in a bun with pickles and choke on it, right-wingers!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 3, 2012 8:19:46 AM

  2. Of course Romney will appoint LGBT folks to similar positions in his administration. He already told us when he was running against Ted Kennedy for the Senate that he would be a better friend to LGBT folks than Ted Kennedy. LOL! LOL! LOL! ad infinitum!

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 3, 2012 8:58:40 AM

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