Last week, several of the American service members who were wounded in the August 5th insider attack that killed Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene were brought home. Gen. Greene was the highest-ranking U.S. military personnel to be killed in an overseas attack since the Vietnam War.
While the DOD has not released the names of the wounded, they have released the rankings of the wounded warriors who were brought home. The wounded are an Army major (O-4), two Army captains (O-3), one of whom is paralyzed from the waist down, an Army Spc. (E-4) who was shot six times while shielding a British major, and a Navy Petty Officer. The attack was carried out by an Afghan soldier. The insider used a machine gun at close range, killing the general and wounding more than a dozen other U.S., British, German and Afghan personnel. After the initial shock of the traitor in their midst, the attacker was killed by return fire.
The August 5th attack is just one of dozens of insider attacks in Afghanistan that occurred this year. It has been estimated that 87 insider attacks have killed 142 troops with the U.S.-led coalition, and wounded 165 others prior to June of this year.
Maj. Gen. Greene was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on August 14, 2014 with full military honors. The fallen general is survived by his wife, Colonel Sue Myers (Ret.) and their son, Army 1st LT Matthew Greene.
The staff Military Connection would like to again send our condolences to the Greene family, and to the wounded, our gratitude and well-wishes for a full recovery.
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