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The Pentagon on Thursday identified one of two servicemembers killed in Laghar Juy, Afghanistan, earlier this week as Army Maj. Michael L. Green.

Serving as the convoy commander with an explosive-ordnance detachment, Green, 36, died of wounds suffered after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb Monday.

He was future operations chief at V Corps G3 Operations Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

He arrived in Afghanistan less than a month ago and was on his first mission when he was killed, said his mother, Jane Green, of Gautier, Miss.

Green was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and the Combat Action badge posthumously.

“Michael was Army through and through,” she said. “He always wanted to be in the service from the time he was six years old on.”

During his 13-year military career, Green served at Food Hood, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Knox, Ky., and Camp Shelby, Miss., before arriving in Heidelberg in August, his mother said.

Green, who was commissioned after graduating from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, also served in Egypt as part of the U.N. Multi-National Observer/Peacekeeping Mission.

In October, he volunteered to serve in Afghanistan, where he was a team leader for a Counter Improvised Explosive Device Team for Joint Task Force Paladin.

A native of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, “Michael converted a lot of Yankees to Southern boys,” Jane Green said.

“When he had time off he would always bring friends from all over the United States and foreign countries home and teach them boating. If you knew Michael, you liked Michael.”

And it’s the condolences from members of that “large extended military family” Green cultivated who are helping his family cope, she said.

“Everybody is so supportive and caring. It doesn’t bring Michael back, but I’m glad he was so well-respected,” she said.

“We appreciate the outpouring because it comforts us so much.”

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized, but Green will be buried in Biloxi National Cemetery, she said.

A memorial service will be held at Patrick Henry Village chapel in Heidelberg on Jan. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

In addition to his mother, Green is survived by his father, Hacy Green Sr.; twin sister, Michelle Green LeBatard; brothers, Scott Green and Hacy Green Jr.


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