As he stepped off a small jet into the Massachusetts snow on Saturday morning, Army Chief of Staff General James McConville raised his elbow to give air bumps to members of the state National Guard who were there to greet him.
The most senior officer in the Army, McConville has been in war zones around the world. Now, the Bay State native is fighting a different kind of war — and this time, the battleground is at home.
“What’s different about this is that it’s a fight against an invisible enemy,” McConville said at a press conference with Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday. “We remain Army strong, Massachusetts strong, and Boston strong. This is a great state, and we will defeat this virus.”
The general looked down for a moment.