Photos: The remains of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, killed in Afghanistan, return to the U.S.

August 7, 2014

U.S. soldiers carry a case holding the remains of Army Major Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, which arrived on a C-17 plane on Thursday morning. Greene was killed on Aug. 5 west of Kabul, Afghanistan, while visiting the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a training academy for Afghan officers. He is the first U.S. general officer to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Greene was killed by a lone Afghan gunman outside the training academy who opened fire on Greene and other coalition troops with a machine gun from about 100 yards away. At least 15 others were wounded. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

The remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the first U.S. general killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War, arrived at Dover Air Force Base on Thursday. In traditional fashion, U.S. soldiers carried out the fallen service member from an aircraft to a waiting military vehicle and then to the mortuary.

The military has carried out thousands of such “dignified transfers” during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A senior officer from the fallen service member’s branch of service presides over each one.

Greene, 55, was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, a training academy for Afghan officers west of Kabul. A lone gunman is said to have opened fire with a machine gun from about 100 yards away, hitting the general several times and wounding at least 15 others.


U.S. service members and dignitaries, right, salute as the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, are carried off a C-17 aircraft during a Dignified Transfer movement at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Thursday. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, right, salutes, and Army Secretary John McHugh, second to right, puts his hand over his heart as U.S. soldiers carry the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Thursday during a “dignified transfer” of remains. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Senior Airman Kristina C. Barr stands with the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene on Thursday at Dover Air Force Base. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

The family of Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene hold hands at Dover Air Force Base on Thursday after the general’s remains arrived in a “dignified transfer” movement. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

Previously on Checkpoint:
Maj. Gen. Harold Greene isn’t the first fatality: A history of U.S. generals killed in combat

New details emerge about death of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, killed in Afghanistan

Obama’s silence on death of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene comes under fire

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.
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