Jill Biden loses top aide

March 20, 2023
Robert Ayers

NBC News reports that a top aide is leaving First Lady Jill Biden. 

It appears that not even the first lady's staff is immune from the high turnover rate that has been a noticeable part of the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.

Per the outlet:

A top aide to Jill Biden for a decade who oversaw the first lady’s initiative to support military service members and their families is stepping down later this month, NBC News has learned.

That top aide is Rory Brosius.

Joining Forces

Brosius has been running the Biden administration's Joining Forces program.

The government webpage for Joining Forces states:

Joining Forces is a White House initiative to support military families, which includes: families of service members and veterans, caregivers and survivors. Our work is driven by their experiences.

The program specifically looks to address the needs of military families with regard to "employment, entrepreneurship, military child education, and health and well-being."

The Joining Forces program was founded back in 2011, during the administration of then-President Barack Obama. It was specifically founded by then-First Lady Michelle Obama and then-Second Lady Jill Biden.

The administration of Former President Donald Trump, although it certainly took care of military families, was not eager to continue the program begun by Obama and Biden. Thus Joining Forces flagged until Biden entered the White House as president and Jill Biden restarted the program, placing Brosius in charge of it.

The departure

Now, Brosius is leaving. Brosius sent out a letter announcing her departure, in which she said:

As a young military spouse walking into the East Wing to intern for Joining Forces in August of 2012 to joining the Biden-Harris Administration on day one to stand up Joining Forces, this has been the journey of a lifetime.

Jill Biden put out a statement of her own, saying that Brosius has led Joining Forces "with grace, compassion, and determination to support America’s military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors."

"Rory has done an extraordinary job as Executive Director, doing the hard policy work that matters. Joe and I are grateful for her dedication over the last ten years," Biden added.

As is often the case, we do not know why Brosius has decided to resign now. But, as stated at the outset, the departure of a staff member - even a top aide - is not uncharacteristic for the Biden administration.

Brosius will be replaced by Sheila Casey, the wife of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey.

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