Mother and son in the Guard help out in COVID-19 response effort

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Lieutenant Colonel Marleen Tarusan-Legaspi and her son, Private First Class Nikolas Legaspi, have been working closely as members of the Guam National Guard to aid in Guam's COVID-19 response.

As we navigate a new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mother and her son find comfort in each other’s presence as they assist the island’s COVID-19 response effort.

Over the last few months, Lieutenant Colonel Marleen Tarusan-Legaspi and her son, Private First Class Nikolas Legaspi, have been working closely as members of the Guam National Guard to aid in Guam’s COVID-19 response.

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In a statement from the Guard, Tarusan-Legaspi said that she was initially worried about her son’s safety due to the uncertainties of dealing with a new disease…but said that she is proud that they get to work beside each other.

The response is Legaspi’s first mission and he said he is happy to help his community.

“It’s a good feeling to serve with my mom,” Legaspi said. “I always have a mentor. Whenever I have questions that I don’t know the answer to, I can always turn to her.”

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