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.
Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army retired, was president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army from June 2016 to September 2021. He served nearly 38 years in the Army, beginning as an enlisted infantryman and concluding with his final assignment as commander of the U.S. Africa Command. Before that, he served as commander of U.S. Army Europe, director of operations on the Joint Staff and commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. In retirement, he chaired the congressionally mandated National Commission on the Future of the Army. He was among the first group of 50 soldiers selected in 1974 for what is now called the Green to Gold Program and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of John Carroll University, Cleveland.