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2,000 Massachusetts National Guardsmen Activated in Coronavirus Response

Military Fellow Lt. Col. Michael Manning speaks with the Boston Herald about the National Guard's role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

The Massachusetts National Guard will deploy up to 2,000 members to help with the state’s coronavirus response as the statewide nurses union called on Gov. Charlie Baker for military help Thursday and Boston hospitals prepare for a surge of patients.


National Guard Lt. Col. Michael P. Manning, a national security fellow at The Fletcher School at Tufts University said members are well-trained for the crisis.

“A large representation of our people work in the medical profession, in public safety, all of these professions that are being heavily relied on at this time,” Manning said.

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