Monday, August 18, 2014

Maj. Gen. Harold Greene's funeral set for Thursday | Former Capital Region resident was the highest-ranking Army officer to die in Afghanistan By Dennis Yusko

Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • This image provided by the U.S. Army shows Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene. A U.S. official has identified the senior officer killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5, 2014, as Greene, the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970. Greene was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. An engineer by training, Greene was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) ORG XMIT: WX121 / U.S. Army
The nation will say goodbye Thursday to a U.S. Army general from Guilderland who died while trying to build Afghanistan's army.

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene ...was 55 and lived in Virginia. He is the highest-ranking U.S. officer to lose his life in Afghanistan and the first general to be killed in combat since Maj. Gen. John Albert Dillard Jr. died May 12, 1970, when his helicopter was hit by enemy fire in Vietnam.

Greene was a highly educated leader with decades of military experience. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in 1980 with degrees in materials and management engineering, and was commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corps as a second lieutenant on May 25, 1980. Greene also received degrees from the University of Southern California and the Army War College. He was promoted to major general on Sept. 2, 2012, while assigned to the Pentagon as deputy for acquisition and systems management.

"Maj. Gen. Greene was a soldier, a scholar and above all, a trusted professional leader — a leader who served a noble cause and sacrificed of himself so that others might live in peace and prosperity," McHugh said.  dyusko@timesunion.com518-454-5353@DAYusko


[sidebar:  What has happened to the human being?  The walk-walk, talk-talk, and don't wobble for the sake of a pitiful God!  Mass Murder, NOW why are humans committing mass murder on our own species and calling this act WAR?  There has to be a HOOK-LINE-SINKER.  Does RAW energy power get to lure the truly most ignorant of our species into positions of asses not seeing asses all walk like asses walking whether killing one another or not?!]

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