April 11, 2011

Embattled Retired General McChrystal To Team Up With Michelle Obama For Program For Military Families

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

On Tuesday the White House will announce that Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal will join the First Lady to lead a program in support of military families.

The First Lady’s office confirms that McChrystal will lead First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s three-member advisory board supporting military families, dubbed “Joining Forces.” McChrystal will not formally be a part of the administration, as the program will be coordinated by the Center for a New American Security, in concert with the First Lady’s office.

The announcement will formally be made on Tuesday at the White House when Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will launch a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families.

"I'm so proud that General McChrystal will continue to serve our country through this critical effort to support our nation’s military families,” First Lady Michelle Obama says in a statement, “He will be a unique and powerful advocate for the millions of Americans who serve our country selflessly.  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."

“The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned,” The First Lady’s Office says.

McChrystal comes from a large military family himself, his father was Major General Herbert McChrystal and many of his siblings also serve.

Just last June President Obama relieved embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal from his position as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, replacing him with General David Petraeus, after comments to Rolling Stone magazine.

McChrystal's comments, "does not meet the standards that should be set by a commanding general," the president said last June. "It undermines the civilian control of the military... and it erodes the trust that is necessary for our team to work together to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan."

-Sunlen Miller