The body of Major General Harold Greene arrived Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base Thursday morning. The highest-ranking officer to die since 1970 has been shot in Afghanistan. Major General Harold Greene had served in the United States Army for 34 years when he was fatally wounded at Marshal Fahim National Defense University. The facility is responsible for training soldiers in the Afghanistan army. The sole gunman who was wearing an Afghanistan soldier’s uniform shot the officer from inside a building on the school’s campus while he stood near it. He also wounded at least a dozen other soldiers including at least eight Americans. It does not appear that the shooter targeted Major General Harold Greene, as he also wounded a German Brigadier General, and two Afghan Generals
Major General Harold Greene was responsible for helping the United States Army discover new ways to network within the ranks. His colleagues highly praised him for his leadership and his ability to inspire those around him.
The general leaves behind a family that includes his wife Susan, a son Matthew that is also in the United States Army and a daughter Amelia. While President Obama remains mute about the soldier’s death, his family has released a statement through a family friend saying, “The family has asked that I pass along that they believe that the Army, as well as Afghanistan and America, has lost a true hero today,” Chang said. “He really believed in what he was doing over there, and was really proud to serve.”
After growing up in upstate New York, Greene received a bachelor of science degree in materials engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He later took classes at the University of Southern California before entering United States Army Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, Kansas.
By 2009, he was the Deputy Commanding General for the Army’s Research Developing and Engineering Command and Senior Commander of the Natick Soldier System Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. While serving in this post, he excelled rising to the rank of Brigadier General. Despite his vast experience, the tour that started in January was Greene’s first tour overseas in a combat zone. He was scheduled to return to the United States on August 8, 2014.
Greene was a highly decorated soldier being awarded the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Award and an Army commendation Medal.
His body will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.