Officials Identify Army Major General Killed in Afghanistan
Officials Identify Army
Major General Killed in Afghanistan
By Jim Garamone, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – August 6, 2014 – The Army announced that Maj. Gen. Harold J.
Greene, the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition
Command Afghanistan, was the officer killed in the attack at Afghanistan’s
military academy in Kabul yesterday.
Greene was part of a coalition visit to the Marshal Fahim
National Defense University, the Afghan army’s commissioned and noncommissioned
officer academy. A man dressed in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the party,
killing Greene, wounding a German army brigadier general and wounding several
other NATO personnel, including Americans, International Security Assistance
Force officials said.
The shooter was killed.
A joint NATO-Afghan team will investigate the incident,
Defense Department officials said.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the thoughts and
prayers of all in the service are with those who suffered such a tragic loss.
The soldiers killed or wounded “were professionals, committed to the mission,”
Odierno said in a written statement. “It is their service and sacrifice that
define us as an Army.”
The Army’s priority is to take care of the families, ensuring
they have all the resources they need during this critical time, the general
“We remain committed to our mission in Afghanistan and will
continue to work with our Afghan partners to ensure the safety and security of
all coalition soldiers and civilians,” he added.
Greene was involved in the effort to train, advise and assist
Afghan national security forces to support the creation of a capable and
enduring force that protects the Afghan population and denies safe havens to the
insurgency. He was the highest-ranking officer killed since Army Lt. Gen.
Timothy J. Maude was killed in the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Greene was commissioned through the Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in New York in 1980. In his career, he served in a variety of posts,
including on the Army Staff. He also served as the program executive officer for
intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors.
As a brigadier general, Greene commanded the Soldiers System
Center in Natick, Massachusetts. Greene also served at Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and in St. Louis. He
served overseas in Germany, Greece and Turkey.
Greene held a doctorate from the University of Southern California in materials
science, as well as master’s degrees in engineering.
His military education includes the Army War College, the
Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College,
the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Engineer Officer Basic
and Advanced Courses. His awards include the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf
clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with a silver cluster, the Army
Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal and
the Army Superior Unit Award.
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