WASHINGTON – An openly gay man is now the Acting Air Force Secretary following the retirement of Secretary Michael Donley.
Eric Fanning becomes the highest ranking LGBT person in the Defense Department, a remarkable feat considering the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still fresh on everyone’s mind.
Fanning was confirmed as the Air Force Undersecretary in April 2013. He will remain as Acting Air Force Secretary until President Barack Obama nominates a replacement to the highest post in the Air Force.
Prior to his Air Force post, Fanning was Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy and deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, according to the Air Force Times.
Fanning served on the board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund from 2004 to 2007.