US general killed in Afghanistan served at Fort Polk - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

US general killed in Afghanistan served at Fort Polk

Maj. General Harold J Green. Maj. General Harold J Green.

The American major general who was shot to death Tuesday in Afghanistan was once assigned to Fort Polk.

According to the Associated Press, Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene died when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops. Officials said 15 other people, including a German general and two Afghan generals, were wounded in the attack.

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.

Greene served as company executive officer, platoon leader and battalion staff officer at Fort Polk.

Greene, who was on his first deployment to a war zone, was involved in preparing Afghan forces for the time when U.S.-coalition troops leave at the end of this year. An engineer by training, he was the deputy commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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