Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army

by Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post  |  published on September 19, 2015

President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.

Fanning, 47, has been a specialist on national security issues for more than two decades and has played a key role overseeing some of the Pentagon’s biggest shipbuilding and fighter jet programs. Now he will oversee an Army that has been battered by the longest stretch of continuous combat in U.S. history and is facing potentially severe budget cuts. It’s also an Army that after a long stretch of patrolling Iraqi and Afghan villages is searching for its postwar role in protecting the nation.

Fanning’s nomination, which must go to the Senate for confirmation, reflects a major shift for the Pentagon, which only four years ago prevented openly gay troops from serving in the military. The policy didn’t extend to civilian leaders, such as Fanning.

  • nonstopca

    WHY not Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan, or maybe Bernie Sanders?

  • savage24

    What will be McConnell’s excuse for passing this this appointment. This Republican lead Senate had better find a backbone!

  • reggie

    Thanks, always nice to know that comments are deleted. Please tell me your key words. No swearing, no name calling, just facts. Oops, that’s it. Facts are not allowed.

  • reggie

    But, but… he’s not a black gay man who used to be a woman.

  • Sidney Porter

    Odummy is a Faggot Que himself, what can u expect from such a useless POS terrorist illegal alien trying to finish destroying this country.

  • This insanity of using our military as a Social Experiment of Queers needs to stop ASAP! Once we get a REAL American in the Oval Office again, instead of this perverted Kenyan 3rd World fecal maggot named Obama, we will go back to DADT again, and get rid of all the perverted actions by our Fag in Chief! I am so happy I served under Real American President, Johnson thru Reagan, real leaders, unlike the cowardly fecal muslim maggot, Hussein Obama, the Chicago Gay Bath House Butt Boy for older men, may he choke on his own vomit! It will be a great day for our nation when the morning headline is Obama’s Obituary! Just hope it is soon!

  • Bob in Florida

    I see this as just another of Obama’s ‘Historic Firsts’ that usually turn out to be ‘Historic Worsts’.

  • unique201

    I for one am glad to see a gay person leading the Army.

    • Then why don’t you join up, since your apparently a faggot?

    • mike

      well maybe you should sign up and they can start an all gay army,not saying you are gay because i don’t know you. and maybe they can make Caitlyn his assistant for when he needs to buy a new dress

  • disqus_cBkQwOnJNc

    obama continues to down grade america in every possible way.the usa is a disgusting place on account of our leadership. how can our leaders allow one person to totally destroy everything the citizens have struggle to accomplish for the usa every since its existance? every day this piece of crap brings america down another notch.how can america be so strong but yet so weak against one person.how can you even call this person your president? there is enough force and power to rid this piece of crap with what ever he wants to inflick upon the usa.our military should have already taken this dude out of power if our senatores or congress won’t. i don’t care how but obama does not need to be able to continue to make the greatest and strongest nation in the world the laughing joke of the world and a clown nation. one pot smoking homosexual is all it takes to bring a great nation down. amazing that this once great nation would allow that to happen.

    • reggie

      He is the pup pet. So ros is the pup pet eer: bring the country down. So ros is the one who crashed the pound sterling, his group tried to crash the euro. He wants to be king of the world, and the Bil der berg group will be his court. Bozo is nothing more than a useful idiot. Who counts the votes in your district? Find out. Bozo gave So ros a contract to count them in Spain.

  • mrcricketmba

    Just another of the POTUS’s bonehead moves

  • KDC

    So is this “guy” going to tip toe through the mud? I’m sorry, That was my first thought. Lord help us! Our poor soldiers have to be on guard from within now.

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    Because he can–remember that he said he had much to do in his last two years in control, and he has proven that what he has to do is not in sync with Americans’ rights and wishes!

    • KDC

      Yes, and everything he’s done, mostly, can be undone too.

      • mrcricketmba

        KDC,
        you are right, but these things that can be undone, should have never been started to begin with

      • mike

        by who, our spineless ass holes in the capitol or congress. obumo probably did his own interview in private with this guy and said gee i really like you you need a promotion and lets change the uniforms to a kilt for our serviceman

        • J_R_K

          Hey! Scotsmen wear kilts. American girlymen wear dresses and skirts.

          Just because you’re right about our spineless congress, don’t blame it on the Scots. (lol)

        • J_R_K

          Hey! Scotsmen wear kilts. American girlymen wear dresses and skirts.

          Just because you’re right about our spineless congress, don’t blame it on the Scots. (lol)

          • mike

            sorry, wasn’t meaning any disrespect to the scotsmen

          • J_R_K

            I know that, Mike. I was just razzing you for fun. My comment was meant in good humor.

        • reggie

          Beware, future insignias may end up with a rainbow over them, and bars will have pink added. Every time I think it can’t possibly get worse…

  • J_R_K

    “It’s also an Army that after a long stretch of patrolling Iraqi and Afghan villages is searching for its postwar role in protecting the nation.”

    Putting aside the fact that the United States needs an openly homosexual secretary of the Army about like we need to just go ahead and change the name of our nation to “Sodom”, it seems to me that Barack Obama has done every thing he can to throw our military under the bus and the last thing he’s interested in would be military leaders that actually protect the nation.

    I’m sure the left thinks this is a new height in noble righteousness and honor. I think this is Barack Obama deliberately thumbing his nose and flipping the bird not only at our army and our soldiers, but at all of America.

    • TheKing

      the gay lifestyle and marriage issues are having a detrimental effect on our entire nation. We do not need a gay leader of the army. What if he gets horney after some little GI? THE CONGRESS must disapprove this appointment as a prelude to cancelling Obama’s objective of putting gays in as many positions as he can. This is NOT a gay nation; it is a Christian nation although Obama denies such. We need our governors to call for a continental conference at which time the constitution can be amended to state a marriage is only between a man and a woman. The majority of citizens (IE CALIFORNIA) voted against gay marriages yet the supreme court legislated they were on par with man/woman marriages. Can US Supreme court justices be impeached?? If so, it is time to start Prop 8 was an attempt by California voters to get marriages defined as between a man and a woman and the courts took that voting right away from the citiizens by ruling the proposition illegal

    • john

      You got that right.

    • edorr1atcoxdotnet

      Already chaplains are being forced to leave GOD out of discussion with the military members, and not criticize those who are atheists; guess if the Sec. of Army is a gay it’ll be even more pressure on Army chaplains to accept gays even though it is against the chaplains beliefs. I hope the Senate rejects Obama’s choice.

      • J_R_K

        Excellent point. I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right. This appointment establishes legal and political authority over the army chaplaincy and thereby relegates all moral issues into subjection,destroying the freedom to believe, teach, preach or even allude to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as the recent Supreme Court ruling established legal and political superiority of homosexuality over Christianity. I’m sure this appointment choice by Obama, contrary to those who celebrate his wonderful commitment to diversity, is no doubt a deliberate assault in the form of a legal and political coup upon Christians within the United States Army.

        I like to think I’m a smart guy.. I should have thought of that myself, but I didn’t. Thanks for the heads up you posted.

    • Arthur L. Trevallee

      But Obama is our “Commander in Chief”, so he should know what is best for our Military!

      • reggie

        He know’s what’s best for his agenda.

      • J_R_K

        Yeah … the same way a black widow spider knows what’s best for her mate.

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