October 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Jorge Amaro, Comings & Goings, gay news, Washington Blade

The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at comingsandgoings@washblade.com. We also invite LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us.

Eric Fanning (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Congratulations to Eric Fanning who will start his position as president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) on Jan. 1, 2018. According to the AIA website, “The AIA, founded in 1919, only a few years after the birth of flight, is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the U.S. aerospace and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA’s strong advocacy is essential to protecting the interests of our nation and our industry.”  Upon announcing Eric’s appointment, AIA Chair Dennis Muilenburg said, “Eric is an accomplished, respected leader whose broad government and national security experience will serve AIA and its member companies well.”

On accepting the position, Fanning said, “The aerospace and defense industry represents more than 2.4 million proud workers, representing over 13 percent of the nation’s manufacturing force from all 50 states, who passionately understand the gravity of their contribution to our economy and national security. …This is an exciting time, and I am proud to lead AIA in its role as the voice of American aerospace and defense.”

Fanning is well known in Washington, D.C. He served as the 22nd Secretary of the Army providing leadership and oversight of our nation’s largest military service. He previously served as chief of staff of the Secretary of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force and Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Navy. He is the only person to have held senior appointments in all three military departments and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. During his more than 25 years of distinguished government service, Fanning also worked on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, and was a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense and associate director of political affairs at the White House.

Congratulations also to Chip Wheeler, who has been appointed to the position of Associate Director for Volunteer Recruitment and Selection at the Peace Corps. Creating the Peace Corps was one of the signature achievements of President John F. Kennedy. For more than five decades, Peace Corps volunteers in 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders.

Prior to assuming this position with the Peace Corps, Wheeler served for the past 10 years as national director, community investments, in the Office of Corporate Responsibility at Voya Financial. He also led the Voya Foundation supporting children’s education, financial literacy and diversity. Before joining Voya Financial, he served for 10 years as vice president for private sector initiatives at America’s Promise Alliance, which was founded by General Colin L. Powell.

In addition, he has served in leadership positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Council; as a Trustee of America’s Promise Alliance; on the board of the Association of Corporate Contribution Professionals; and on the corporate advisory board of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Wheeler is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Texas Christian University.

Chip Wheeler

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