Any loss of life in our Armed Forces is a great loss and Tuesday the Army lost a key figure, one of the leaders in American efforts in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
Greene was the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan, leading the training efforts to rebuild Afghanistan with his logistics and infrastructure expertise. Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene joined the Army in 1980 and proudly served 34 years, traveling the world and earning two masters degrees in engineering and a Ph. D. in materials science.
Greene was killed Tuesday, August 5th by an Afghan soldier at a training facility in Kabul. Greene is the highest ranking U.S. officer killed by the enemy in a warzone since Vietnam. Several other U.S. soldiers were injured in the attack. The attacker was killed on site.
Greene is remembered by his colleagues as a family man who believed in teamwork. Greene is survived by his wife, retired Army colonel Sue Meyers and their two grown children, Matthew, a lieutenant in the Army and Amelia.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We all mourn the loss of this brave leader.
Acknowledgements & resources for more information:
CNN “Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, Army officer since 1980, is killed in Afghanistan”
Washingtion Post “New details emerge about death of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, killed in Afghanistan”