August 6, 2014

Harold Greene - U.S. Military

Harold Greene
Major-General Harold Greene, age 55, of Schenectady, New York, died on August 5, 2014, at an Afghan training complex on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

Major-General Greene was at the military training facility to discuss a $70 million renovation to the premises.

A 27 year old Afghani soldier, assigned to the Military Police, opened fire from the window of a nearby building. Approximately 15 other soldiers in the compound were wounded including soldiers from the U.S.A., Britain, Germany and Afghanistan. The shooter was himself shot and killed.

Major-General Greene is the highest ranking soldier killed in Afghanistan to date. 

His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Award and an Army Commendation Medal.

Major-General Greene was an Engineer. He had a number of advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and other institutes of learning.

He was involved in preparing Afghani forces for the time when Coalition troops 
leave in late 2014. He had previously served tours of duty in Germany and Turkey. This was his first deployment to a war zone. 

Comrades and friends refer to Harold as "Harry".  He is described as a devoted family
Angels of God, pray for Harry and for those
who have lost him
man who loved his kids.  He is also described as a patriot who was humble, highly intelligent, a brilliant organizer and planner, helpful and a man with a keen sense of humor. 

Friends stated that he had wanted to work directly with Afghani troops.

Harold's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. They describe him as a true American hero who believed in what he was doing. He will be forever mourned.

Harold is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives, including his wife, Sue Myers; his son, Matthew and his daughter, Amelia.

Thank you for serving, Harold.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Harold.

Pray that Harold is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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