April 11, 2011

White House: McChrystal to Head Troop Support Board

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of Afghanistan, is expected to accept a position as an adviser for the White House to aid and support military families, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The White House is expected to make the announcement Tuesday. The program is the brain child of First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice-President Joe Biden. It will be known as the Joining Forces Program, which will be overseen by a three-person panel and coordinated by the Center for a New American Security, a nonpartisan policy institute.

McChrystal, 56, was forced to resign by the White House in June after Rolling Stone ran an article in which his staff was critical of the administration's handling of Afghanistan.