Major General Harold Greene, known as Harry to his friends, has been identified as the high-ranking U.S. military official who was killed during the Kabul military academy shooting on August 5. Greene was at the forefront of military engineering as he worked in Afghanistan with the Afghan army. He leaves behind a wife, Sue, and two children.
There is no indication that MG Harold Greene was targeted in the shooting.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. He Moved to Afghanistan in January to Help the Afghan Military Take Control of Their Country
According to his last military profile, Greene worked as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Department of the Army. According to the Department of Defense website, Major Greene’s last commission was in Afghanistan as part of the transition-command.
Throughout his decorated military career, Greene served in Greece, Turkey, the Pentagon as well as a range of bases from Louisiana to New Jersey.
2. He’s the Highest Ranking American Military Member to be Killed in Combat Since Vietnam
As a two-star Army general, he is the highest ranking official to have been killed during the Afghanistan campaign. He’s also the first two-star general to have been killed since Vietnam. It had been reported by the New York Times that several of those wounded were high-ranking military officials from both the U.S. and Afghanistan.
3. Greene Was at the Forefront of Anti-IED Technology
In December 2012, it was reported that Greene, along with high-ranking “brass,” were being brought out to defend a $2.5 billion anti-IED project. Greene said at the time that the project was a “change on methodology” on anti-IED technology. The project used a controversial piece of military technology called Palantir.
4. This Was Another ‘Insider Attack’
The gunman is suspected to have been a member of the Afghan military. He was wearing the uniform of the Afghan army during the attack. USA Today reported that there is a worrying trend of “insider attacks” among the Afghan military against U.S. forces.
At least 15 soldiers were injured in the attack, which happened in British controlled compound. Most of the victims were American. The attack was condemned by Afghan President Hamid Karzai who called it “an act by the enemies who don’t want to see Afghanistan have strong institutions.”
5. His Son Matthew & Wife Are in the Military
Greene was a native of upstate New York. He received a Ph.D from the University of Southern California in Materials Science. He’s a registered Professional Engineer in Commonwealth of Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Susan, daughter, Amelia, and son, Matthew, who is active in the military. Greene’s son Matthew, graduated from West Point in 2012 after which he received his first appointment as an Army medic. His wife, Susan Myers, was a Colonel in the military and, according to her Facebook, holds a PhD from Penn State University. She has authored a number of papers on the role of female military officers. A source told Heavy.com that Susan Greene is retired from the military and is a VP at Mantech International. The family now lives in northern Virginia.
WCVB reports that the Greene family have ties to Franklin, Massachusetts.