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NY native Maj. Gen. Harold Greene killed in action in Afghanistan: Released from Pentagon, Cuomo, Tonko.
Text of press releases.

August 06, 2014
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, of Schenectady, N.Y., died Aug. 5, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

For more information, media may contact the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs of the Army during duty hours at 703-693-7589, or after duty hours at 703-944-8435.


Condolence Statement from the Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno for the Loss of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene
08/05/2014 06:51 PM CDT
August 05, 2014

Condolence Statement from the Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno for the Loss of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene

Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene's family, and the families of our soldiers who were injured today in the tragic events that took place in Afghanistan. These soldiers were professionals, committed to the mission. It is their service and sacrifice that define us as an Army.

Our priority right now is to take care of the families, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.

We remain committed to our mission in Afghanistan and will continue to work with our Afghan partners to ensure the safety and security of all coalition soldiers and civilians.


Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: August 6, 2014


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, August 7, 2014, in honor of U.S. Army Major General Harold J. Greene, who died on Tuesday in Afghanistan.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Major General Harold J. Greene,” Governor Cuomo said. “Major General Greene was an Albany native who earned his commission as an engineer officer shortly after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he dedicated more than 30 years of his life in service to his country. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Major General Greene. We will never forget his sacrifice, and we will honor his service with pride.”


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Tonko Statement on Death of Major General Harold Greene

One of the highest ranking casualties in Afghanistan war to date is Albany area native

ALBANY – Congressman Paul Tonko (NY-20) released the following statement after confirming with the Department of Defense that Major General Harold Greene, a native of Albany and graduate of RPI, was killed in Kabul today after an apparent member of the Afghan security forces turned on him:

“My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Major General Greene’s wife, children, entire family, friends, fellow service members and colleagues. He was a decorated soldier, a patriot and servant to our nation. His service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Tragedies like this remind us that America’s longest war in history has gone on for too long. It is time that we responsibly bring our troops back home.”

This evening, the Department of Defense confirmed with Congressman Tonko’s office that Major General Greene was killed today. His family was notified earlier this morning. Like Major General Greene, his wife and children are also members of the Armed Forces.

While he had lived in Virginia for the past 22 years, Greene was born in Albany and attended RPI. He was commissioned in 1980 after graduation. He served as an Army engineer and rose to the rank of two-star general.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death will be undertaken. His remains will be sent back to the United States, although the timing of that flight is still undetermined.