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First U.S. major general dies after Afghan attack

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United States Army Major General Harold J. Greene was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Greene was killed by a lone gunman who also wounded 15 soldiers at a military base, according to ABC News reports. A German general and two Afghan generals were also identified among the wounded.

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Clothed in traditional military Afghan garb, the shooter reportedly hid in the military academy’s bathroom at Camp Qargha, a top military training school also known as Marshal Fahim National Defense University; Qargha is located 11 miles west of Kabul, according to ABC News.

The gunman, also shot to death by the other soldiers during the ambush, was identified as 27-year-old Afghan soldier, Mohammad Rafiqullah; he was assigned to the military police. Among the wounded, half were American soldiers, in addition to the U.S., German and Afghan generals reported.

Greene began his military career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) located Upstate, Troy, New York; he graduated in 1980.

The New York Capital District Reserve Officer Training Corps Joint Services Military Balls are held in honor for Army ROTC cadets each year; the annual military balls are attended by both cadets and their alumni.

The Army ROTC scholarship is a college-based program which trains cadets during their four years into commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Prior to his military commission as an engineer officer at the widely touted, oldest technological university in the U.S. – earning his bachelor’s degree in material engineering and master’s degree in management engineering – the Upstate, New York native graduated from Guilderland High School.

The 55-year-old army veteran also received his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California; he worked as a professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia before his death.

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, RPI president Shirley Ann Jackson released a statement in hearing the news of one of their commissioned engineer officers along with condolences to the Greene family.

According to Time Warner Cable News reports, RPI Pres. Jackson said, "We were privileged to have Major General Greene join us on campus for the 2010 opening of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center. Last year, he was the Guest of Honor at the 62nd annual Joint Services Military Ball of the New York Capital District Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in Cohoes, at which many Rensselaer students were in attendance and benefited from his insight, experience, and humor. Major General Greene was a leader, a thinker, and a person of action. He exemplifies the type of outstanding individual that we challenge all Rensselaer students to aspire to become."

Maj. General Greene is survived by his wife, retired Colonel Sue Myers, their grown children, son, West Point graduate, Lieutenant Matthew Greene and their daughter, Amelia, who graduated from Binghamton University in New York.

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