Eric Fanning, currently acting U.S. Army undersecretary, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed John McHugh as secretary of the military service, the Army News Service reported Friday.
Fanning previously served as undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force and deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Navy, as well as held positions at the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and at Washington-based nonprofit group Business Executives for National Security.
The Defense Department held a farewell ceremony for McHugh Thursday at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.
McHugh is the 21st secretary of Army and has held the post since September 2009.
He oversaw the branch’s personnel management, installations, reserve affairs, acquisition, financial management, communication and environmental programs during his tenure.
“Throughout a consequential career, he’s earned a reputation for examining problems — and devising solutions — in innovative ways, and in doing so, has broadened our national security perspective, and helped to get our Army to the right place,” said Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.