Obama nominates first openly gay service secretary to lead Army

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Posted: Sep 18, 2015 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to become the next secretary of the Army, the White House said on Friday, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history.

Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary, and previously worked as Air Force undersecretary and chief of staff to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Jeff Mason; Editing by Eric Beech)