(RepublicanPeak.com)- First Lady Jill Biden’s top aide who has worked with her on and off for more than a decade will be stepping down later this month, NBC News reported.
Rory Brosius, the executive director of Mrs. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative supporting military members and their families, will be replaced by Sheila Casey, the wife of Gen. George Casey, the former Army Chief of Staff.
In a message sent to the military, Brosius described working with Joining Forces as a “journey of a lifetime.”
Brosius began working as an intern for Joining Forces in 2012. The initiative was first launched in 2011 by then-First Lady Michelle Obama and then-Second Lady Jill Biden as a way to connect both the public and private sectors with military members and their families, as well as veterans, providing them with employment and educational resources.
When she became First Lady, Jill relaunched the initiative and tapped Rory Brosius as executive director.
In an interview after being appointed executive director, Brosius said the relaunched Joining Forces would have the same mission as before, but the efforts to support the families of military service members would be redoubled, especially now that the United States was not engaged in an active military conflict.
Brosius explained that the challenges facing the families of active-duty military and veterans “are not a function of war” but a “function of the military lifestyle,” which often includes moving every few years. And that does not change depending on whether or not the US is involved in “direct combat missions.”
First Lady Biden said in a statement to NBC News that Brosius led the initiative with “compassion” and “grace” and showed “determination” in supporting the families, caregivers, and survivors of the country’s military and veterans.
Adding that Brosius did an “extraordinary job” in addressing the “hard policy work that matters,” Mrs. Biden said both she and the president are grateful to Brosius for her ten years of dedication.