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Monday, April 11, 2011

Obama Administration Gives McChrystal A (Second) Fighting Chance

 Joining Forces

Gen Stanley McChrystal with wife Anne.
Almost a year after Stanley McChrystal resigned (was given the boot) from his post as U.S. / NATO commander for his disparaging remarks about the President, he's getting the opportunity to rejoin his former Commander In Chief.

No sooner had the president uttered these words last June in a Rose Garden ceremony: "... McChrystal's conduct does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general", McChrystal is set to join the president's wife, First Lady Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden in their efforts to support military 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 said 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."

McChrystal will help oversee Joining Forces the initiative created by the First Lady and Dr. Biden to encourage government, business, and the philanthropic community to become involved with assisting the various, unique challenges facing military families.  Patty Shinseki, wife of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, will also help oversee the initiative.

The First Lady and Dr. Biden have been committed to supporting military families, advocating for their priorities and shedding light on their stories.  Their efforts also builds upon the President’s directive to establish a coordinated and comprehensive Federal approach to supporting military families.

McChrystal's new position is expected to be officially announced tomorrow at the White House as the First Lady gets set to announce her latest military families initiative where she and Dr. Biden will tour military communities across the country.

Earlier this week, the First Lady took part in The Military Child of the Year Award ceremony at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va.  The award recognizes children that are part of a military family who are doing outstanding work in their communities and with their families.  See the recipients here.

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