Trump will replace a gay army chief

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Acting U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning testifies during his confirmation hearing January 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Fanning will become the first openly gay Army Secretary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Eric Fanning, the first gay man appointed to head the US Army, is set to be replaced with a billionaire hockey club owner. Obama nominee Eric Fanning only became the United States Secretary of the Army in May this year, making history as the first out man to head a military branch.

Fanning has more than a decade of experience, holding Army, Navy, and Air Force positions in the Department of Defence, serving in a number of high-ranking roles before his current high-profile assignment.
However, it was confirmed this week that he will not be asked to stay on by the Trump administration, with the President-elect opting to appoint billionaire businessman Vincent Viola as his replacement.

The owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team, served in the Army in the 1970s. The hockey club owner made his billions through market trading company Virtu Financial, and is the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Trump claimed that he had the right “temperament” for the job.

He said: “I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our secretary of the Army. Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.”


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