Gay Man Confirmed to Second-Highest Civilian Position in the Air Force

Eric Fanning, nominated by President Obama in August 2012, has been confirmed as Air Force under secretary, the Washington Blade reports:

FanningPrior to his confirmation, Fanning served starting in July 2009 as the deputy under secretary and deputy chief management officer for the Department of the Navy...As part of senior leadership within the Air Force, Fanning is responsible for recruiting, organizing, supplying and mobilizing the service in addition to other duties.

...In addition to his military career, Fanning has been involved in LGBT acvitism. He’s a former board member of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and served on the board of directors from 2004 to 2007.

Allyson Robinson, executive director of the LGBT military group OutServe-SLDN, praised the Senate in a statement for the confirmation of Fanning.

“This appointment is yet another example of this administration’s commitment to affirming the contributions and service of the LGBT community and underscores the new reality of open gay and lesbian service in our ranks,” Robinson said. “We look forward to working with him to advance the cause of full military equality.”

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  1. Awesome!

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Apr 20, 2013 5:33:00 PM


  2. Neat!

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 20, 2013 6:18:13 PM


  3. Great!

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 20, 2013 6:44:19 PM


  4. This is an example of those stories that make the greatest difference in our efforts to gain full equality in the USA. Congrats and I'm so very proud of Mr. Fanning's accomplishments as a trailblazer.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 20, 2013 7:58:03 PM


  5. Awesome!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 8:03:50 PM


  6. LOL, I said the same thing as you J.J. But this is really awesome and groundbreaking. The overwhelming majority of troops in the military that are LGB are still closeted to varying degrees, unfortunately. Hopefully this appointment changes some things, at least in the Air Force.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 8:06:28 PM


  7. LOL, I said the same thing as you J.J. But this is really awesome and groundbreaking. The overwhelming majority of troops in the military that are LGB are still closeted to varying degrees, unfortunately. Hopefully this appointment changes some things, at least in the Air Force.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 20, 2013 8:06:28 PM


  8. Awesome!

    Posted by: David | Apr 20, 2013 9:14:36 PM


  9. It's a nice gesture, but, just to be clear, this is a civilian position, not one that has any authority in the chain of command.

    So it is not of the same significance as having an openly gay General or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would be.

    Still, nothing to sneeze at.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 20, 2013 10:01:02 PM


  10. Yet Rick..you keep sneezing. You sneeze at every positive related news story toward LGBT. You don't even attempt to hide your disdain. And neither does your little side kick, Ratbastard. You twist every positive LGBT news to either negative or indifferent and turn every negative news story about LGBT and attempt to pretend homophobia doesn't exist. You both are the reason I came out, and am PROUD to be part of this community. I used to be apathetic but realized I don't want to be like you two. You represent everything that is wrong with self hating, bitter, jaded individuals.

    How miserable to be you. Truly.

    Posted by: jerry | Apr 20, 2013 11:25:37 PM


  11. This makes me so happy on many levels. Especially reflecting on the many LGBT who died in combat while having been forced to hide who they inherently are.

    Posted by: Arjay | Apr 20, 2013 11:26:31 PM


  12. His appointment was confirmed, along with a number of others, on a voice vote. It is still interesting that no homophobic Republican Senator put a hold on his nomination.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 21, 2013 2:14:03 AM


  13. And it only took 8 months!

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 21, 2013 2:28:10 AM


  14. Rick, you're not even military. You don't know what you're talking about, LOL!

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Apr 21, 2013 6:27:02 AM


  15. One of the biggest disgraces to the Senate has been its ability to hold up QUALIFIFIED presidential appointments by just 1 or 2 senators for months.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Apr 21, 2013 11:51:36 AM


  16. Why do all of the gay men in Washington DC look like they had their contact lenses in the freezer before putting them on for the photo?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 21, 2013 11:55:29 AM


  17. Rick, I am in the military and the Constitutuion creates civilian control of our military. Thus the Secretaries of the military Services are in the chain of command and at several points have greater authority than Flag officers do (Generals, Admirals, etc.). At any point when an Undersecretary acts as the Secretary, his authority is greater. And do you think the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs can override or pull rank on the Secretary of Defense or even the Secretary of the Army (on an Army matter)? That is laughable. You would be surprised to learn how little power the Chairman has in running the Services...almost none. The Services are run by the Secretary of that Service supported by the Chief uniformed officer of that Service. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is the senior advisor to the President and Secretary of Defense. He is not the commander of all the military. That is the President, another Civilian, and praftically, it is the SecDef. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has no power to override either of those civilians on anything if push came to shove. I was on the Joint staff for 2 years as LTC. Please don't try to twist facts to support your agenda.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Apr 21, 2013 12:41:27 PM


  18. This is amazing! Proud to be gay!

    And this man is very very attractive, on an unrelated note

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 21, 2013 9:04:05 PM


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