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    Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to 300 members of the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard during a visit to Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York on July 25, 2013

    US Senate Confirms Eric Fanning as Army Secretary

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    The US Senate unanimously approved on Tuesday President Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning as the US Army Secretary.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Senate unanimously approved on Tuesday President Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Fanning to be the first openly gay Secretary of the US Army.

    Obama nominated Fanning eight months ago, but the US Senate could not vote because Senator Pat Roberts put a hold on the nomination.

    Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to 300 members of the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard during a visit to Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York on July 25, 2013
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    Roberts moved in such a manner to oppose Obama’s reported plans to close the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer the detainees to prison facilities in the United States.

    In a statement on Tuesday, Roberts said he lifted his hold after assurances from the Department of Defense than in the event any detainees are relocated to the United States, none will be transferred to facilities in the senator’s state of Kansas.

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