Senate panel backs nomination of Fanning as U.S. Army secretary

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 10, 2016 10:48 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Armed Services Committee backed the nomination of Eric Fanning to be secretary of the U.S. Army on Thursday and forwarded the recommendation to the full Senate for a final vote.

Fanning, who previously worked as undersecretary of the Air Force and chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, would be the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service branch if his nomination is approved by the full Senate.

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(Reporting by David Alexander)