Eric K. Fanning has been secretary of the Army since May. He previously served as acting secretary, acting undersecretary and chief management officer of the Army; chief of staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; undersecretary and chief management officer and acting secretary of the Air Force; deputy undersecretary of the Navy/deputy chief management officer; and deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. He has also worked at strategic communication firms and a think tank; on the national and foreign assignment desks for CBS News; and in various political positions including with the House Armed Services Committee and the White House. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, N.H.
General Ham retired from the Army in June of 2013 after 37 years of service. His assignments included being the director for operations on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, where he oversaw all global operations. He also commanded both U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Africa Command. After retirement, he served as the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, tasked by Congress to make recommendations on the size, force structure and capabilities of the Total Army. He served as the president and chief executive officer of the Association of the United States Army until October 2021.