The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army Welcome to the archived page of the 22nd Secretary of the Army, Eric K. Fanning. 2016-2017. This page is managed by the Center for Military History.

Eric K. Fanning was appointed 22nd Secretary of the Army by President Obama on May 18, 2016, serving until January 20, 2017. As Secretary of the Army, he had statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. Prior to this appointment, President Obama designated Mr. Fanning as Acting Secretary of the Army, where he served from November 3, 2015 – January 11, 2016, and before that was designated Acting Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer on June 30, 2015. He served as the Secretary of the Army's senior civilian assistant and principal adviser on matters related to the management and operation of the Army, including development and integration of the Army Program and Budget. As Chief Management Officer (CMO) of the Army, he advised the Secretary on the effective and efficient organization of the Army's business operations and initiatives for the business transformation of the Army. Mr. Fanning previously served as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense. He helped manage Secretary of Defense Carter's transition, built his leadership team, and oversaw the day-to-day staff activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From April, 2013 until February, 2015, he served as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force. As Under Secretary and Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, he oversaw an annual budget of more than $110 billion by serving as co-chair of the top Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council, and also led the Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council, the Force Management and Development Council, and numerous other Air Force decision-making bodies. From June, 2013 through December, 2013 Mr. Fanning served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer. In this role, he led the department's business transformation and governance processes and coordinated several efforts to identify enterprise-wide efficiencies. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Fanning was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, which issued its report in December of 2008. He joined the commission staff from CMG, a strategic communications firm, where he was managing director. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Fanning was Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at Business Executives for National Security, a Washington, DC- based think tank, where he was in charge of international programs and all regional office operations in six cities across the country. He traveled to more than 30 countries, mostly in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to joining BENS, Mr. Fanning was at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, another strategic communications firm. From 1997 to 1998, he worked on the national and foreign assignment desks at CBS National News in New York. From 1991 to 1996, he worked in various political positions in Washington, D.C.: he was a research assistant with the House Armed Services Committee, a special assistant in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House. Fanning is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Today, I say goodbye. It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as Secretary of the Army. Throughout my tenure, I've...
01/20/2017

Today, I say goodbye. It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve as Secretary of the Army. Throughout my tenure, I've sought to tell the U.S. Army's story differently, to broader audiences and in places it hadn't been told before. I've tried to share a glimpse into the lives of our Soldiers, Civilians, and their Families, whom we ask day after day to do incredible things, and who, in turn, deliver.

Thank you again. It's been an incredible journey.

Cover photos
01/20/2017

Cover photos

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army
01/20/2017

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army

The highest privilege of leading this great U.S. Army has been the opportunity to connect with you, the members of the A...
01/20/2017
Eric K. Fanning, A Legacy in Photos

The highest privilege of leading this great U.S. Army has been the opportunity to connect with you, the members of the Army's team. Whether engaging with Soldiers supporting NATO Allies in Europe, observing rigorous training from the jungles of the Pacific to the Arctic of Alaska, or meeting the men and women on the front lines of today's conflicts, we have witnessed and taken pride in what you do every day to keep our nation secure.

Travel back with me in this photo legacy to see where I've been and what we've accomplished for our Army.

Social media is a huge part of life for most people nowadays, and DoD researchers say it can actually help improve menta...
01/20/2017
DoDLive: Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Su***de

Social media is a huge part of life for most people nowadays, and DoD researchers say it can actually help improve mental health and su***de prevention efforts for service members.

Yesterday, I hosted military leaders and industry experts for the Secretary of the Army Symposium on Su***de Prevention to further efforts on how to best utilize those avenues. U.S. Surgeon General Army Medicine

https://www.facebook.com/DeptofDefense/posts/10155000029475719

We’re being hacked every day by people who are wishing to do us harm. So in November, I invited vetted hackers to 'Bring...
01/19/2017
Hacking the Army

We’re being hacked every day by people who are wishing to do us harm. So in November, I invited vetted hackers to 'Bring it On' and test our systems. They did, finding the first vulnerability within five minutes. Read why we're happy about that, and why we hope to have them do it again. Particularly proud of the collaboration between U.S. Army Cyber and the Defense Digital Service to protect our network – and national – security.

A hacker prodding a public-facing Army recruitment website in early December stumbled upon a vulnerability, then another, until he found himself suddenly..

Now that's an exit!
01/19/2017

Now that's an exit!

Traditional clap-out for outgoing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy and my farewell message to the U.S. Army force. "It has been the greatest hon...
01/19/2017
Fanning, Murphy send farewell message to the force

Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy and my farewell message to the U.S. Army force.

"It has been the greatest honor of our lives to serve alongside you, the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families who make up our Army family. Your profound sense of duty, selfless service, and personal courage have inspired us, guided us, and will continue to motivate us as we leave office."

It has been the greatest honor of our lives to serve alongside you, the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families who make up our Army family. Your profound sense of duty, selfless service, and personal courage have inspired us, guided us, and will continue ...

01/18/2017

To all the men and women who wear the uniforms, and to the families and Civilians that support them, thank you.

We ask our service members to do amazing things for our Nation every day.  Over the past 15 years, we have asked them an...
01/18/2017

We ask our service members to do amazing things for our Nation every day. Over the past 15 years, we have asked them and their families to bear the costs of two difficult wars.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that those who experience the crucible of combat—or those who spend multiple tours away from home—are affected by it.

We need to better understand how this is affecting our Soldiers and their families. We need to ensure that our service members are willing to reach out for care, and when they do, that they have the best care possible.

As part of that effort, today, I welcomed leaders from the military, mental and public health, and companies including Facebook, Google, Verily, LinkedIn, and SnapChat to "The Secretary of the Army's Symposium on Su***de Prevention and Social Media," to explore how social media can be used to improve mental health and reduce incidents of su***de.

Ultimately, the lessons we're learning today don’t only apply to the Department of Defense or our military family. If we can find ways to provide timely interventions to prevent su***de with social media, these lessons can be applied across society.

01/17/2017
Cribs: SecArmy Office Edition

I've let the cameras into my office to show you around. Welcome to U.S. Army Cribs: SecArmy Office Edition.

Taking a tour through my office, is a tour through my experiences as Secretary and our Army's magnificent history, a story I've been so privileged to be a part of and share with you.

When our Soldiers take the oath to join the military they commit to supporting and defending the Constitution of the Uni...
01/17/2017

When our Soldiers take the oath to join the military they commit to supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Millions of Soldiers show true bravery and courage in their Service. Among them, are the Soldiers who face incredible challenges and who overcome them with exceptional courage, actions which earn them the Medal of Honor.

Today, as I continue to reflect back on my tenure as SecArmy, I’m especially humbled to have met and honored two Soldiers who went above and beyond the call of duty, and received the Medal of Honor: CPT Florent Groberg and LTC Charles Kettles.

Before I depart as SecArmy, please join me in once again saluting these brave men, and all our Soldiers who serve and sacrifice.

Today, as we honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr., it's worth remembering that our strength as a Nation comes...
01/16/2017

Today, as we honor civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr., it's worth remembering that our strength as a Nation comes from our tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity—the fabric that defines us as Americans.

Dr. King's legacy should animate our commitment to ensuring that U.S. Army Soldiers reflect the strength and diversity of our country, for these are the values that have always been central to our success.

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army's cover photo
01/16/2017

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army's cover photo

It's the people that set the U.S. Army apart. Whether it was down the hall in the Pentagon or near the front lines in Ir...
01/16/2017

It's the people that set the U.S. Army apart. Whether it was down the hall in the Pentagon or near the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, the best part of my job was getting to meet with a few of the 1.4 million people that make the Army strong. To our Soldiers and Civilians, thank you for your service and sacrifice, ensuring that our nation and its values will forever endure.

01/15/2017
CBS Sunday Morning

Serving our Soldiers and our nation as Secretary of the U.S. Army has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

Eric Fanning is leaving the post of Secretary of the Army. He’s also leaving behind a unique legacy as the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service.

One of my top priorities as Secretary was to push innovation throughout the U.S. Army. From Hack the Army to ARCYBER gro...
01/14/2017

One of my top priorities as Secretary was to push innovation throughout the U.S. Army. From Hack the Army to ARCYBER groundbreaking, Rapid Capabilities Office to Army Digital Service, in less than a year, we launched a number of tech initiatives and programs critical to ensuring that no matter the battlefield, our Army will continue to be the world’s best fighting force. 🙌💻 #winning

Not only do I have one of the coolest offices in the Pentagon, I also have some incredible pieces of history, including ...
01/14/2017

Not only do I have one of the coolest offices in the Pentagon, I also have some incredible pieces of history, including my desk. The desk was first used by Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, who was Secretary of War at the time. A number of years later, (future President) William Howard Taft sat at the desk when he was Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt. For those of you who know your history, you know William Taft wasn't a small man. Here's a side-by-side of me and Taft. As you can see, he fills in the picture a little more than I do. 😀

U.S. Army Europe
01/13/2017

U.S. Army Europe

#QuickFacts about the first heel-to-toe armored brigade rotation, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Iron Brigade), who started arriving here in theater in support of Operation #AtlanticResolve this past week.

Looking for more information? Check out http://www.eur.army.mil/organization/factsheets/Factsheet_3-4ID.pdf.

#StrongEurope

On the heels of my trip to Michigan, #TBT to this photo at Train Advise Assist Command-East in Afghanistan with 1st Cava...
01/13/2017

On the heels of my trip to Michigan, #TBT to this photo at Train Advise Assist Command-East in Afghanistan with 1st Cavalry Division Soldiers from my home state.

01/12/2017

Took the opportunity to film one last spirit video before I depart. Here's looking ahead to a great 2017 season of West Point football 🏈. Go Army! Beat Ohio State!

That time when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus paid his #ArmyNavy debt: 2016 was finally the year Army West Point 🏉 notc...
01/12/2017

That time when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus paid his #ArmyNavy debt: 2016 was finally the year Army West Point 🏉 notched its 50th rivalry win. It also ensured there's only one person leaving their Service Secretary term undefeated. 😁

Here's to the start of a new era. #GoArmy #BeatNavy

“Never underestimate the degree you need to communicate. That is a non-stop, ongoing requirement for any leadership job....
01/12/2017
Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning hosts fireside chat at University of Michigan

“Never underestimate the degree you need to communicate. That is a non-stop, ongoing requirement for any leadership job. I find that even in a large organization like the U.S. Army, you can drive change very quickly, so long as you have the right people involved and you just prioritize and focus on them."

During the talk, Fanning focused on the importance and versatility of public service careers, as well as his path to becoming the secretary of the Army. He discussed his beginnings in the public service sector, stating that he first became interested

Today, I made my final trip as Secretary of the Army 😥. While I'll soon say goodbye, I know the future of our U.S. Army ...
01/12/2017

Today, I made my final trip as Secretary of the Army 😥. While I'll soon say goodbye, I know the future of our U.S. Army is strong.

Throughout my tenure, I've made it a priority to visit with junior Soldiers and ROTC Cadets, our Army's future leaders. Whether at West Point or Texas A&M ROTC, Fort Jackson or Fort Polk, I was constantly impressed with our young men and women.

Today, was no different as I visited Army ROTC at the University of Michigan 〽️and The Ohio State University Army ROTC 🙆🏻‍♂️🙌🙏⭕️.

University of Michigan's APRIL Robot Lab partners with DARPA to explore autonomous robot technology in support of our So...
01/11/2017

University of Michigan's APRIL Robot Lab partners with DARPA to explore autonomous robot technology in support of our Soldiers in the battlefield. It's partnerships like these—with academic researchers and industry—that help our U.S. Army and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) employ bleeding edge technologies that ensure we'll continue to fight and win on the battlefield.

🔥💯🙌‼😎🤡 Since not every part of my job may be "cool" to the public, I'm posting a lot of emojis in hopes of grabbing your...
01/11/2017
No more excuses: Army secretary orders shutdown of hundreds of data centers

🔥💯🙌‼😎🤡 Since not every part of my job may be "cool" to the public, I'm posting a lot of emojis in hopes of grabbing your attention. If you did stop ✋ to read this, you should know your U.S. Army is finding ways to be more agile not only on the battlefield, but also in our support ops. Windows 95, here we come 😜.

Army Secretary Eric Fanning has issued detailed orders to close 60 percent of the service’s 1,200 data centers by the end of 2018 and 75 percent by 2025.

"People are talking about [Zika] all the time, and here he is: sitting in this environment, watching it happen. He is th...
01/10/2017
NCO at forefront of Army's Zika vaccine research

"People are talking about [Zika] all the time, and here he is: sitting in this environment, watching it happen. He is the tip of the spear. That's what we do here."

When Sgt. Christopher A. Springer received orders to report to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, all he knew of his impending assignment was that he would be working in a medical laboratory. Because of the rapid s...

This afternoon, the Armed Forces bid farewell to my mentor, and model for patriotism and dedication to the Department of...
01/09/2017

This afternoon, the Armed Forces bid farewell to my mentor, and model for patriotism and dedication to the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

To Ash—thank you for your service. I was honored to serve as your Chief of Staff, and am thankful for all the opportunities you provided me.

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army
01/09/2017

The Honorable Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army

Defeating today's threats demands we never sacrifice our values, our way of life, the rule of law, openness, and toleran...
01/09/2017

Defeating today's threats demands we never sacrifice our values, our way of life, the rule of law, openness, and tolerance. These are the very freedoms we flight for, and those that define us as Americans. This is President Obama's legacy. #YesWeCan

Visiting with the Soldiers of 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arl...
01/08/2017

Visiting with the Soldiers of 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery 24/7/365.

Thanks to The Old Guard), I'm now proficient with a musket and bayonet. 40 out of 40. Watch out world.
01/05/2017

Thanks to The Old Guard), I'm now proficient with a musket and bayonet. 40 out of 40. Watch out world.

01/05/2017

Today, I'm visiting Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to our fallen Soldiers, and meet Soldiers of the 3d US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) who guard the Tomb 24/7/365, regardless of conditions. Join me as I observe the ceremonial Changing of the Guard.

To learn more about the ceremony, visit: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Explore/Changing-of-the-Guard

01/04/2017
The Obama White House

An honor to attend today's Armed Forces Farewell to our Commander in Chief, President Obama.

Said President Obama, "I am confident that the United States and our Armed Forces will remain the greatest force for freedom and security."

"My days as your Commander in Chief are coming to an end. And as I reflect on the challenges we have faced together and on those to come, I believe that one of the greatest tasks before our armed forces is to retain the high confidence that the American people rightly place in you. This is a responsibility not simply for those of you in uniform, but for those who lead you. It’s the responsibility of our entire nation…We have to remember that as we meet the threats of our time, we cannot sacrifice our values or our way of life—the rule of law and openness and tolerance that define us as Americans. That is our greatest strength and makes us a beacon to the world. We cannot sacrifice the very freedoms we’re fighting for." — President Obama saying farewell as Commander in Chief to America’s men and women in uniform: go.wh.gov/8cAQbn

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