Gen. McChrystal's new post
President Obama met with McChrystal aboard Air Force One in 2009 during a stop in Denmark
April 11th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Gen. McChrystal's new post

WASHINGTON (CNN) -Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, President Obama’s former top military commander in Afghanistan relieved from duty last year, is taking a new post working with the Obama administration. According to a White House official, he will lead a three-member advisory board for a new White House initiative to support and honor military families, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden.

The initiative, called Joining Forces, “aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society” to address the unique challenges American troops, veterans and their families face said the White House press office.

“He will be a unique and powerful advocate for the millions of Americans who serve our country selflessly,” said the First Lady in a statement welcoming McChrystal to the effort. “This program will build upon our nation’s great patriotism by asking all Americans to take action and ensure our military families have the support they have earned. General McChrystal will be a powerful leader in this cause.”

General McChrystal resigned his position as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in June 2010 following a controversial Rolling Stone magazine article. In the article McChrystal and his top officers were quoted making disrespectful remarks about civilian officials, including Vice President Biden and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry.

Following the official launch of the Joining Forces program Tuesday at the White House, the First Lady and Mrs. Biden head out on a two-day tour to highlight communities, businesses and non-profits already putting words into action. For example, Wednesday they will visit Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to celebrate “Operation Shower,” a non-profit organization that hosts unit-wide baby showers for expecting military families. There they will be joined by 40 pregnant women whose husbands are service members.

According to an administration official, Gen. McChrystal will not formally be part of the administration as the program will be coordinated through the Center for a New American Security, a nonpartisan research institution.

General McChrystal and his wife Annie will be at the White House Tuesday for the announcement.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Bill in STL

    The terms of employment now include Section 1 paragraph 1

    You may never talk to the Rolling Stone magazine ....


    April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  2. XWngLady

    Regardless of the past and their personal politics, this is a great cause for all of them to be involved in. Great success to you all!

    April 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  3. Elbert Clarke

    The country should do far more for the veterans, espically those who are injured in the line of duty/combat. I applaud organizations like the Fisher House, the VFW, the American Legion and others who help. But one really should question why there is a need for outsdie organizations in the private sector to fill gaps in needed assistence.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  4. admiral149

    The pay is better than the private sector unless the soldier leaves the service to join management ranks in a corporation. The benefits are as good as on the outside, Medical care is life long, and for those disabled totally, the spouse can also be covered. Va insurance covers hospital, extended care, psychiatric, office calls, dental, complete prescription,and orthodontics. All of this for life. Education benefits, and job training are there for anyone wanting to apply themselves. Millions of doctors,lawyers,plumbers,electricians,mechanics,and teachers owe their professions to the Va. We owe these soldiers all of this, and acknowledge the debt. Thank God the vast majority of soldiers never get hurt, and most of the tax payer paid medical bills are for old age and nursing home care. If you do not get hurt the military is a good deal.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  5. Howard

    As usual, CNN proclaims that their polls show support for Obama's budget, but then states that all comments are closed. What a transparent attempt to censor any and all descent, while using their bogus, and biased poll posting, to push their own pro-obama partisan position !!!

    April 13, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Isn't that exactly what your FOX NEWS does for your biased conservative positions and opinions?

    April 13, 2011 at 7:56 pm |