The shooting death of Army Major General Harold J. Greene in Afghanistan on Tuesday is another grim reminder of the dangers that remain for our soldiers even as their mission could be winding down.
As the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Greene was playing an important role as part of the U.S. and NATO mission: the training of Afghan security forces.
On his first combat deployment, Maj. Gen. Greene was an engineer and an acquisition expert who had helped the Army with resourcing and equipment issues, skills that are vital to an army in peacetime and combat.
To be sure Maj. Gen. Greene will be missed, but he’ll also be remembered for so much more than being the first general officer killed in a war zone since the Vietnam War.
Major General Harry Greene was a friend of AUSA, and we offer our sincere condolences to his family, his friends, and his colleagues.