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Local U.S. Major General killed in Afghanistan
GUILDERLAND -- A local U.S. Army general was killed Monday in an attack at a military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was a 1977 graduate of Guilderland High School and a 1980 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
[He was] bright, polite, quick witted, very genuine. I dont want to use the shirt off your back routine, but he'd share with you whatever he had. I remember eating lunch he gave me half his peanut butter jelly because my mother forgot to pack mine, said Bob McNamara, a former classmate with Greene.
The Army took Greene across the country and around the world. For the last 22 years he has lived in Virginia with his wife, a retired Colonel. His two children also serve in the military.
CBS News reported Greene was making a site visit with NATO troops at Camp Qargha when a man dressed in an Afghan Army uniform opened fire. Greene was killed and as many as 15 others were wounded. The gunman was also killed. The Department of Defense said Monday evening the shooting is being investigated.
Greene is survived by his father who still lives in Guilderland. The family was still too upset by the news to speak with CBS 6, but neighbors said he often spoke of his son.
His father spoke so highly of him. He was decorated in the in the military. He was very proud of his son and Harold [Sr.] was in the military and his son followed in his fathers footsteps, said Jenni Bliven, who lives nearby.
Greene graduated from RPI and helped launch the schools Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center in 2010. A ceremony renewing its work is planned for Wednesday.
I interacted with General Greene on few occasions as he maintained the interest in our center, in RPI and the Capital Region, including low key meetings at the RPI hockey games. I am shocked and sadden and will remember General Greene as one of RPI finest graduates whose brilliant military career made us all proud, said RPI Professor Boleslaw Szymanski.
Plans are being made to return Greenes body to the United States. Funeral arrangements have not been set.