NH mourns general with ties to Granite State
Greene, who had ties to New Hampshire and other parts of New England, was the highest-ranking U.S. military officer killed in combat since Vietnam. The shooter, who was wearing an Afghan army uniform, was also killed in the attack near Kabul, Afghanistan, but not before he wounded 14 others, Reuters reported.
“He was a consummate professional — a highly intelligent man who was completely dedicated to the Army and this country,” said Ron Corsetti of Hollis, who knew Greene when the general served as the senior commander at the Natick (Mass.) Soldier Systems Center in Massachusetts from 2009-2011.
He served as deputy for acquisition and systems management in the Army’s headquarters.
“I think he really had an affinity for the soldier,” said Corsetti, adding Greene worked on counter Improvised Explosive Device jamming programs in the electronic and intelligence realms that made a real difference for troops on the front lines.
“He was just a really fine, upstanding gentleman. It is very devastating to lose someone like him,” Ager said.
Mike Rice of Nashua, state president of the Association of the U.S. Army in New Hampshire, said Greene’s death is a harsh reminder that a war is still going on.
“General Greene was someone I respected greatly, and it makes me angry that he was killed by someone suspected of being a member of the Afghan military,” Brown said in a statement. “General Greene was a good man, a great leader and a mentor to me and all who knew him.”
Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry described the shooter as a “terrorist in army uniform.” The German military told Reuters its general was one of 14 coalition troops wounded in Tuesday’s attack, adding that his life was not in danger. Seven Americans and five British troops were among the wounded, an Afghan official said.
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