Grab some tissues, because we're about to turn on the feels. Every soldier deserves this kind of welcome home.
We've come quite a long way since Don't Ask Don't Tell.
President Obama announced his nomination for the next Secretary of the Army Sept. 18 and it's Eric Fanning, an openly gay man.
If confirmed, Fanning would take over for current Secretary John McHugh who will soon leave the post.
Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary, and previously worked as Air Force undersecretary and chief of staff to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His nomination to the post must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
"Eric brings many years of proven experience and exceptional leadership to this new role," Obama said in a statement. "I am confident he will help lead America's soldiers with distinction."
Carter called Fanning's nomination "an excellent choice" by Obama and said he hoped for a quick Senate confirmation.
A quick confirmation might not be in store if history is any indication. President Obama has had more nominations blocked by Senate filibuster threat than any other president.
In a gross display of injustice, enlisted rape victims have gone public in stating that the military branded them "crazy" and had them discharged. With a lawsuit pending and an upcoming report on CNN, this publicity will hopefully lead to a policy change or a public firing of military officials.