The United States Air Force new Under Secretary Eric Fanning is gay, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) confirmed in a statement on Friday. The US Senate confirmed Fanning on Thursday.
The Under Secretary is the second-highest civilian position within 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.