St. John Properties, Inc. recently dedicated its “Fallen Star” memorial at The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) inside Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in honor of Major General Harold (Harry) J. Greene, as well as all United States warfighters who gave their lives in service to the nation, and their families. Major General Greene was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 5, 2014 during Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan while serving as the Deputy Commander of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. He was the first general officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War.
Major General Greene received his commission as a combat engineer in 1980 and had a thirty-four year career with the United States military. A highly decorated soldier, he had once served as Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and as Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (IEW&S) at APG as well as the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management at the Headquarters of the Department of the Army.
“Upon learning of Major General Greene’s tragic death in Afghanistan, we felt it was extremely important to pay tribute to him and to honor all fallen heroes, along with their families, who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve and protect the freedom and our country,” said Edward St. John, Chairman of St. John Properties. “It was the right thing to do. Nothing can replace the void left by a fallen service member. No number of medals and ribbons can comfort the ones left behind. But with the placement of this sculpture that will remain at Aberdeen Proving Ground forever, we trust that their memories and dedication to our country will never be forgotten.”