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U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has selected former acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning as his Chief of Staff, and the first openly gay man to hold the post.


Watch the Confirmation Hearing for Eric Fanning, Who Would Be the First Openly Gay Army Secretary: VIDEO

If confirmed by the Senate, defense official Eric Fanning would be the first openly gay secretary of any branch of the military.

WATCH: In Confirmation Hearing, No One Asked Eric Fanning About Being Gay

Gay US Defence Secretary Gets Senate Support: Eric Fanning Earns 'Unanimous Consent' -

ICYMI: Eric Fanning reflects on becoming the highest-ranking, Senate-confirmed openly-LGBTQ appointed official.