Body of U.S. general being flown to Dover

Body of U.S. general being flown to Dover

August 6th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Brig. Gen. Harold Greene, right, speaks beside Gen. Ann Dunwoody at the Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass., in this 2011 photo provided by the U.S. Army.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

DOVER, Del. - Officials say the body of a two-star general killed in an Afghan "insider attack" will be flown to the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base.

NATO officials issued a statement saying Maj. Gen. Harold Greene's body was being prepared to be flown to the U.S. via Dover Air Force Base. Officials at Dover AFB said Wednesday that Greene's body was scheduled to arrive about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Greene is the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be slain 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.

Investigators are trying to determine why and how a man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday at a military compound.