Eric Fanning took his official oath of office as the 22nd U.S. Army secretary during a ceremony held Wednesday at the Pentagon, the Army News Service reported Thursday.
Gary Sheftick writes Fanning will oversee management, training and equipping of military personnel across the Army.
He was nominated by President Obama for the service branch’s top civilian post Nov. 3 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate Tuesday.
“Over the past several years, I’ve seen firsthand why Eric Fanning is one of this administration’s most trusted and capable appointees and one of the Pentagon’s most dependable civilian leaders,” noted Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
“I look forward to working with him as he strengthens our Army, builds on its best traditions and prepares our ground forces to confront a new generation of challenges,” Carter added.
Fanning served as acting secretary of the Army from June 30, 2015 to January 2016.
Before that he was the chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as well as led the U.S. Air Force as acting secretary and undersecretary of the service branch.