WASHINGTON -- Eric K. Fanning was sworn in as the 22nd Secretary of the Army during a formal ceremony at the Pentagon today.

"I'm honored and thrilled to return to lead the total Army team. I am looking forward to getting back to work with General Milley, and sincerely appreciative of Patrick Murphy's work as Acting Secretary over the past several months," Fanning said.

Fanning was nominated by President Barack Obama on Nov. 3, 2015 to serve as the civilian head of the United States Army.

"I congratulate Eric Fanning on being sworn-in as the Secretary of the Army," said Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army.

With a wealth of military experience and knowledge, Fanning will oversee an Army faced with new challenges in a complex world. In his duties, Fanning is responsible for organizing, training and equipping Army forces.