Body of US general arrives at Dover Air Force Base

Army Secretary John McHugh (left) and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno (second from left) watch as an Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Army Secretary John McHugh (left) and Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno (second from left) watch as an Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan “insider attack” arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Thursday morning.

A C-17 cargo plane carrying the body of 55-year-old Maj. Gen. Harold Greene landed at Dover, home to the nation’s largest military mortuary.

White-gloved soldiers solemnly carried a flag-draped metal case with Greene’s remains to a waiting mortuary vehicle as Army officials and other dignitaries saluted.

Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be killed in combat since 1970 during the Vietnam War. Greene, a 34-year U.S. Army veteran, also is the highest-ranked American officer killed in combat in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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