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Camden’s Burns knew general killed in Afghanistan

Posted: August 7, 2014 3:56 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.

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A retired U.S. Army major general living in Camden knew and served with an Army major general killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen Julian Burns (ret.), of Camden, said Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was a friend with whom he served both in the U.S. and overseas. According to an official news release from the U.S. Army, Greene, of Schenectady, N.Y., died from gunshot wounds suffered when his unit was attacked at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Army said Green was serving as deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan at the time of his death.

“He was a fabulous and talented officer, courageous -- a great American patriot,” Burns said. “We should all be proud of him and honor his sacrifice. He will be missed.”

National news organizations reported that Greene and other coalition troops were outside the training academy when a lone gunman opened fire -- reportedly with a machine gun -- from inside a building. Media reports indicate Greene is the highest ranking U.S. military officer to be killed since the war began in Afghanistan in 2001. He also appears to be the highest ranking soldier to be killed in action since the Vietnam War.

The Army said prior to his command in Afghanistan, Greene was assigned to the Pentagon where he served as the deputy of acquisition and systems management. He was promoted to major general in Sept. 2012. Greene was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and commissioned through the Reserve Officers Training Corp. As a second lieutenant in May 1980. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Army Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Achievement Medal and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

According to national media, Greene was married to Col. (ret.) Sue Myers; they have two grown children, Matthew, who is in the Army, and Amelia, a recent Binghamton (N.Y.) University graduate. He and his wife lived in Falls Church, Va., outside of Washington, D.C.

Burns said he will participate in memorial for Greene in Detroit, Mich., next week. He said there will be several services for Greene and that the general will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Let us all pray for his family,” Burns said.

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