Maj. Gen. Harold Greene ID’ed As Officer Killed In Afghan Insider Attack (Video)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The U.S. Army has identified the two-star general killed in Tuesday's insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
The Army Times reports a man dressed in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University outside of Kabul, killing Greene and injuring at least eight other U.S. troops.
Greene, 55, is the highest ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in an overseas conflict since the Vietnam War, reports NBC News.
Greene was raised in upstate New York, according to his official Army biography, and was commissioned in 1980 as an engineer officer. Greene held three Master's degrees, one of which was from the University of Southern California. He also earned a Ph.D. from USC in Materials Science.
Stars and Stripes reports Green and his wife Susan lived in Falls Church, Va. Their son Matthew is in the Army, and daughter Amelia is a recent graduate of Binghamton University in New York state.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno released a statement of condolence for Maj. Gen. Greene, which reads in part:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan. These soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army."
For more on the attack that killed Greene, here's a report from NBC Nightly News:
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