Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, killed in Afghanistan, laid to rest

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Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who held leadership positions at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is to be laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Greene was shot to death last week as he visited Afghanistan’s national military academy in Kabul. He was the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.

“Words cannot express the sadness we feel at the senseless loss of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said last week in a statement. “Maj. Gen. Greene was a soldier, a scholar and, above all, a trusted professional leader.”

The upstate New York native was 55. He leaves his wife, retired Army Col. Sue Myers, a daughter, Amelia, and a son, Matthew, a recent graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point now serving as an officer in the Army.