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Fired general to head White House panel
April 11, 2011 / 6:42 PM / 7 years ago

Fired general to head White House panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former top U.S. general in Afghanistan, who was fired when he enraged the White House by disparaging the Obama administration in a magazine article, is coming back to head a new advisory board to support military families.

<p>U.S. General Stanley McChrystal attends a news conference after talks with German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg in Berlin, April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>

A White House spokesman said on Monday retired General Stanley McChrystal would lead the three-member panel overseeing the “Joining Forces” program, led by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

“General McChrystal has been asked to and accepted the job of leading the advisory panel that will oversee this effort,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

President Barack Obama dismissed McChrystal in June after the U.S. Army general and his aides enraged the White House by disparaging Biden and other top civilian advisers in an article for Rolling Stone magazine.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will launch a national initiative to support U.S. troops and their families on Tuesday at the White House. The two will then embark on a two-day national tour to highlight the effort.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Mohammad Zargham

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