Greene, Harold J., MG

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Major General
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00GD-Commanding General (Deputy)
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General Officer
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2014-2014, 00GD, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)/Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A)
Service Years
1980 - 2014


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Home Town
Last Address
Camp Qargha, Kabul, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 05, 2014
Hostile, Died
Intentional Homicide
Transition I (2011-14)
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Section 60 Site 8675-A

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Army Staff Identification USAE Multi-National Corps-Iraq

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  2014, OIF/OEF Fallen

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 Unit Assignments
588th Engineer BattalionUS Army Europe (USAREUR)547th Engineer Battalion12th Engineer Battalion
US ArmyUS Army Materiel Command (AMC)United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)/Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A)
  1980-1982, 1331, 588th Engineer Battalion
  1983-1985, 7110, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1985-1987, 1331, 547th Engineer Battalion/C Company
  1987-1987, 1221, 12th Engineer Battalion
  1988-1988, 0006, Engineer Officer's Advanced Course
  1992-1993, 0006, Command and General Staff College (Student) Fort Leavenworth, KS
  1993-1995, 7010, Army Aviation and Troop Command (ATCOM)
  2014-2014, 00GD, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM)/Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2014-2014 Transition I (2011-14)
 Colleges Attended 
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteUniversity of Southern California
  1976-1980, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  1988-1992, University of Southern California
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U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say




An Afghan soldier locked a gate at Camp Qargha on Tuesday after a shooting at the military training academy. Credit Andrew Quilty for The New York Times


KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan soldier shot a United States Army major general to death and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday. The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.

The Pentagon declined to identify the general by name, but military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified him as Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a veteran acquisitions officer, who was only assigned to Afghanistan in January to help the Afghan military establish a professional system for managing soldiers and weaponry.

The coalition officials said a senior Afghan commander also was among the wounded. The identities of the other victims and the gunman were not disclosed, but a Pentagon spokesman told reporters in Washington that he had been killed.



Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene Credit U.S. Army

The Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, also said officials believed the gunman was “a member of the Afghan national security forces,” but he had no other details about him or the circumstances of the shooting.

Admiral Kirby also said the shooting, the first so-called insider attack in months in Afghanistan, was an inherent risk of the war, calling it “a pernicious threat and always difficult to ascertain.”

The German military confirmed that one of its brigadier generals serving in Afghanistan was among 15 coalition-led troops wounded in the shooting, described as “presumably an internal attack.” The general was being treated for his injuries, which were not life-threatening, the Germans said in a statement.

Other details of the shooting were sketchy, and the coalition, in an official statement, would only confirm that one of its service members had been killed in what it described as “an incident” at the Marshall Fahim National Defense University in Kabul. The coalition declined to specify any further details, saying it was still working to notify the family of the deceased.

Tensions at the military academy ran high in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which took place around noon, and foreign troops appeared to be on edge, fearful of another attack.


The Army announced new assignments for ten generals this afternoon, but two in particular stand out as signs of the times. They’re sending a battle-hardened artilleryman from the 82nd Airborne Division to the No. 2 job in South Korea and a veteran acquisition officer to Afghanistan.

Moving Maj. Gen. Harold Greene from the Army’s acquisition shop in the Pentagon, aka ASA(ALT), to the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) — the US half of the training effort there — shows how the US role in Afghanistan has shifted from fighting to advising Afghan troops in the field to building institutions in Kabul. While Afghan soldiers often fight like devils, the Ministries of Defense and Interior need help setting up functional management systems for everything from supply to personnel to weapons purchases.

Greene will bring the Afghans decades of experience in all aspects of acquisitions, from overseeing the initial R&D to managing procurement to sustaining systems once acquired. Currently the military deputy to Heidi Shyu, assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, Greene previously served in the Army staff’s resourcing shop (staff section G-8), as deputy commander of the Research, Development, & Engineering Command (RDECOM), and as program executive officer for intelligence, electronic warfare, and sensor systems.

Dialing down the US presence in Afghanistan to a cadre of expert advisors like Greene frees up forces for the Pacific pivot. For all the focus on the rise of China, the ugliest problem in the Pacific remains the Korean DMZ, the infamous demilitarized zone that runs like a 60-year-old scar across the divided peninsula, which the Army announced yesterday it was reinforcing with another 800 troops.

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