Magazine article Army

Acting Secretary Could Lead Army This Fall

Magazine article Army

Acting Secretary Could Lead Army This Fall

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In the game of musical chairs that will lead this fall to new Army leadership, the Pentagon's version of a utility infielder could end up as the acting secretary of the Army.

This change comes on top of the looming retirements of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Gen. Mark A. Milley has been nominated to succeed Odierno, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. has been nominated to succeed Dempsey.

Eric Fanning, a 47-year-old with wide experience in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon, was picked by Defense Secretary Ash Carter to be acting under secretary of the Army. With the Republican-controlled Senate slow to approve any civilian nominations for DoD, Fanning could end up serving as acting secretary later this year when Army Secretary John M. …

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