American general killed in Afghan attack returned to US

The body of an American general who was killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan has been returned to the United States.

The remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, of Schenectady, New York, arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware this morning.

Six white-gloved soldiers carried the flag-draped case holding the 55-tear-old two-star general’s body from a C-17 cargo plane. His family boarded the aircraft because they wanted to thank the flight crew.

Greene received one of his two masters degrees, a Masters of Strategic Studies degree, at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle in 2003.

He arrived in Afghanistan in January after he was promoted to deputy commander of training there.

Greene was killed Tuesday while visiting the Marshal Fahim National Defense University at Camp Qargha, a base west of Kabul.

He was checking on the progress made by Afghan troops when the gunman, one of thousands of the Afghan soldiers trained by the U.S., opened fired into a large crowd with an automatic weapon.

Soldiers returned fire and killed the gunman, but not before he killed the general and wounded 15 others, including eight Americans.

Greene is is the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to die in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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