In an ironic twist, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former U.S. commander in charge of Afghanistan ousted by the Obama administration, will join First Lady Michelle Obama in heading up a program for 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," the first lady said in a statement.

McChrystal was forced to leave his post after a Rolling Stone article that included disparaging remarks about administration officials by him and some of those under him.

Obama plans on rolling out the new initiative with Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday.

"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 first lady added.

The move appears to be an olive branch of sorts after the controversy erupted last June.

McChrystal will head a three-member advisory board that will help businesses and community groups recognize the unique stress that military members and their families endure.

"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 said in a statement.

Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.