This morning, the Department of Defense announced the death of an Army major general who was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, of Schenectady, N.Y., died Aug. 5, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. Greene, a two star major general is the highest ranking official killed in the Afghanistan war.
Officials say Maj. General Greene was deployed to Afghanistan in January. He was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno released this condolence statement:
Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan. These soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army.
Our priority right now is to take care of the families, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.
We remain committed to our mission in Afghanistan and will continue to work with our Afghan partners to ensure the safety and security of all coalition soldiers and civilians.
This incident remains under investigation but the newest details surrounding the circumstances indicate Maj. General Greene was killed while visiting the Marshal Fahim National Defense University. The facility, in the Qarga district of Kabul Province, was previously known as the Afghan National Defense University.
Additional information, including previous deployments and commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs of the Army during duty hours at 703-693-7589, or after duty hours at 703-944-8435.