2019-04-12 / Front Page

Military suite opens at the local airport

Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Capt. Matthew Greene, 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber Legion), son of the late Maj. Gen. Harry Greene, speaks to an April 5 assembly at Augusta Regional Airport to help unveil the military suite dedicated in memory of his father. Bill Bengtson /Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Capt. Matthew Greene, 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber Legion), son of the late Maj. Gen. Harry Greene, speaks to an April 5 assembly at Augusta Regional Airport to help unveil the military suite dedicated in memory of his father. Bill Bengtson /Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Military personnel and their families going through Augusta Regional Airport now have a comfortable place to relax in-between travels.

Members of the military community and Augusta Regional Airport staff held a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting April 5 at the airport to commemorate the Maj. Gen. Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite opening.

Greene was killed Aug. 5, 2014, during an attack at Camp Qargha in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the time of his death, he was the deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. He is the highest-ranking American officer to be killed in combat while serving in the Global War on Terrorism.


The Maj. Gen. Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite, shown here in its renovated state (April 5), is intended to serve as a comfortable, quiet place for military travelers to relax while coming and going at Augusta Regional Airport. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs The Maj. Gen. Harry Greene Military Family Hospitality Suite, shown here in its renovated state (April 5), is intended to serve as a comfortable, quiet place for military travelers to relax while coming and going at Augusta Regional Airport. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs The suite was a collaborative effort between America’s Adopt A Soldier, the Greene family, Fort Gordon, and Augusta Regional Airport staff. It features a 74-inch TV, computer stations, new sofas, freshly painted walls, new carpet, a mini-fridge stocked with beverages, and personalized touches including some of Greene’s challenge coins.

Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, thanked those who made the room a possibility.

America’s Adopt A Soldier President Mary Keeser spearheaded the project, turning the former lounge into a suite designated for military members. Keeser said it was an honor she hoped others would come to enjoy.

“In many cases, our Servicemembers may be accompanied by their family members … while other Servicemembers may be waiting for connecting flights to get home from deployment or schools,” Keeser said. “This lounge will enable them to reconnect to family and friends, and take a much-needed break.”

Morrison told a crowd of supporters that every year, an estimated 17,000 new Servicemembers train at Fort Gordon, and most of them go through Augusta Regional. The suite, he said, is a visual sign of the care and support the community has for Fort Gordon.

“The tight coupling between the post and the region is just absolutely unbelievable,” Morrison said.

He went on to say that the name for the suite was perfect. Having served alongside Greene, Morrison described the late officer as “passionate about everything” – especially when it came to his family and Soldiers.

“When you sit there and see a room that is focused on taking care of our Soldiers, our Sailors, our Airmen, our Marines, and their families, it is fitting that the name on the door is Maj. Gen. Harry Greene,” he said.

Greene’s son, Capt. Matthew Greene, 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Cyber Legion), gave insight to who his father was by sharing memories of their family. Matthew said his father met his wife, Susan Myers, while stationed in Greece. It was through his father’s teachings about Greek words that Matthew would eventually learn many life lessons; the most significant being centered on “agape,” a Greek word he defined as “the unselfish love of another without implications.”

“Others describe it as ‘an unconditional human love for another,’ and that is what most appropriately describes the love that my dad had for almost everyone he met,” Matthew said.

As an acquisition officer, Matthew said that the work his father did was critically important and a labor of love. He poured himself into helping develop personal protective equipment that would save lives – another indication of his agape for others.

“He knew that the United States would always have to put young men and women ‘in the mud’ in the pursuit of spreading democracy and freedom,” Matthew said. “He also knew that if they were going to be asked to do such a thing, he was going to make sure that they did it with the best equipment possible and ability to come home.”

When asked if the hospitality suite was worthy of his father’s name, Matthew and his mother said absolutely.

“It signifies everything he stood for,” Matthew said. “It acts as a place of respite, comfort, and unconditional human love for Servicemembers and their families.”

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