The State of Massachusetts and the City of Boston is also wracked with cases of the coronavirus. In response, Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, has sought outside help and has hired a retired Army general to advise the city on its efforts. 

General Stanley McChrystal was best known for his work in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) for several years during the Global War on Terror. During his tenure, JSOC units captured Saddam Hussein and were responsible for the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Now McChrystal is joining in the battle against COVID-19.

Walsh announced the hiring of the McChrystal Group at a press conference Monday afternoon. 

“With each tragic death, it is a reminder of the dangerous situation we are living in,” the Mayor said. “We are going to continue to do everything we can as one community to protect each other and prevent further loss of life.” (The hiring was announced at the same press conference as the second death in MA was.)