| Eric Fanning |
|Born||Eric Kenneth Fanning|
July 2, 1968
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
|Member of||Center for a New American Security/People, Truman Center for National Policy|
Senior US military official, then getting rewarded with job in military-industrial complex
Eric Kenneth Fanning is an American politician who is the current President and CEO of Aerospace Industries Association and served as the 22nd Secretary of the Army, holding office from May 18, 2016 to January 20, 2017. Prior to his appointment as Secretary of the Army, Fanning was the 24th United States Under Secretary of the Air Force. He was the first openly gay head of any service in the US military.
Fanning spent the first 25 years of his career in a wide variety of roles, working in Congress, at the Department of Defense, in the White House, and as a consultant before eventually returning to the Pentagon. He is notable as being the only person to have held senior civilian appointments in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense during his career.
Born on July 2, 1968, and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he attended Cranbrook Schools in Michigan for two years and graduated from Centerville High School in Ohio in 1986. He received his B.A. in history from Dartmouth College in 1990. His interest in government and politics began when he became involved in the 1988 New Hampshire primary contest.
In the 1990s, he was on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee and later a special assistant in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later served as associate director of political affairs at the White House.
He was deputy undersecretary and deputy chief management officer for the Department of the Navy beginning in July 2009. He was also deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.
President Obama nominated him to be Under Secretary of the Air Force on August 1, 2012. He testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 28, 2013. The U.S. Senate confirmed him by voice vote on April 18, 2013. He assumed the position of Acting Secretary of the Air Force upon the resignation of Michael Donley on June 21, 2013. He was Acting Secretary of the Air Force until December 20, 2013, making him the second longest-tenured Acting Secretary.