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President announces nomination for AF under secretary

8/2/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- President Barack Obama announced Aug. 1 that he intends to nominate Eric Fanning to be the next Under Secretary of the Air Force.

Fanning is the Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of the Navy, previously holding positions with the House Armed Services Committee, the White House, CBS News, the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, Business Executives for National Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

"It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this Administration to serve the American people," President Obama said of Fanning and four other new nominees. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.

"I am honored by the President's announcement, and look forward to working with the Congress and continuing to serve the Department of Defense during the confirmation process," said Fanning.

The Air Force Under Secretary is responsible for Department of the Air Force affairs on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping and providing for the welfare of its more than 333,000 active duty men and women, 178,000 Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve members, 182,000 civilians, and their families.

The under secretary also serves as the Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, the senior Air Force energy official, and the focal point for space within Air Force Headquarters.

If confirmed by the Senate, Fanning will follow Erin Conaton, who left the Air Force Under Secretary position in June to assume the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Dr. Jamie Morin currently serves as the Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force, a position to which he was appointed July 3.

(Courtesy Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)

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