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Openly Gay Man Confirmed as Air Force Under Secretary

Eric FanningYesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama nomination of Eric Fanning as Air Force under secretary.

As Under Secretary, the openly gay official will assume the second-highest civilian position in the Air Force.

Last year, Tammy S. Smith’s promotion to Army Brigadier General made her the highest-ranking openly gay service member in the U.S. Military, and the first openly gay officer of flag rank.

The two confirmations come just two years after the implementation of the repeal of DADT, the discriminatory policy banning lesbian and gay service members from serving openly.

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