General killed in Afghanistan was Trumbullite's brother
As the nation mourns the death of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, killed in Afghanistan Tuesday, Aug. 5, the loss is also felt here in Trumbull. Maj. Gen. Greene, a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Army, was the brother of Trumbullite Jon Greene.
"I'm 52 years old and he's still my hero," Jon Greene told The Times Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Maj. Gen. Greene, 55, was shot to death in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the Afghanistan war.
“A gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops, wounding about 14 including a German general and two Afghan generals,” the AP reports. The shooter was also killed in the attack near Kabul.
As the news broke, condolences began pouring out on social media to Jon Greene, an active local Democrat in town.
Tom Kelly, chair of the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee, shared his support for the Greene Family to The Times and on Facebook, calling Maj. Gen. Greene a hero.
“Trumbull Democrats extend our condolences to the family of Major General Harold Greene. He gave many years of his life in service to our nation, and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Kelly wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are especially with the members of the Greene family here in Trumbull.”
Town Hall also released a statement Wednesday.
"On behalf of the Town of Trumbull and its residents, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and loves ones of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene," a statement from Town Hall said. "As a community, we are grateful for the selfless dedication that Harold has bestowed while defending the freedom and democracy of our country, and for the freedom of others. The entire Town of Trumbull mourns the loss of this great patriot and may God grant their family strength in the days ahead."
Maj. Gen. Greene was on his first deployment to a war zone and was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year, the AP reports.
Maj. Gen. Greene is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the nation's post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the highest ranked officer killed in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War.
He also leaves his wife, retired Col. Sue Myers, and two grown children — a son, Matthew, who is a lieutenant and a graduate of West Point, and a daughter, Amelia.
In a statement, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the Army’s priority is to take care of the families affected by the events in Afghanistan making sure they have the resources they need.
“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,” he said.
The Times will update this story as any new information becomes available.