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Eric Fanning will be nominated to be the next under secretary of the Air Force, President Obama announced Wednesday.

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.

“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.