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U.S. general killed in Afghanistan was active in his community

Assistant Secretary of the Army Heidi Shyu administers an oath during a promotion ceremony for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in 2012.

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Assistant Secretary of the Army Heidi Shyu administers an oath during a promotion ceremony for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in 2012.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. general who was shot and killed in Kabul on Tuesday had served in the American military for more than three decades and was a key player in the current U.S. effort to stand up Afghan security forces.

Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, 55, of Falls Church, Va., was commissioned as an engineer officer in the Army in 1980 after earning an undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. In addition to Afghanistan, he also had deployed to Iraq.

Greene's family did not issue a statement on Tuesday. But as news of his death spread to the cul-de-sac where he had lived with his wife, Susan, neighbors remembered him as a fixture in the community who would go for morning runs. This past winter, the Greenes hosted the main course for the neighborhood's holiday dinner, an annual event in which participants move from house to house for different courses.

"He was a good guy," said retired Army Col. Duane Myers. "Harry was loved."

The Greenes, whose son, Matthew, also is in the Army, had hung a Blue Star flag to the right of their door, like other families with loved ones serving in the military. Their daughter, Amelia, recently graduated from Binghamton University in New York.

Greene received a number of advanced degrees, including a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Before his current posting, he served as the deputy for acquisition and systems management for the assistant to the secretary of the Army. He also had worked in research and development in Aberdeen, Md., and Natick, Mass.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

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