Records clear up Greene's military flops

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COLUMBIA --- Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an "American hero" was considered a lackluster service member at best.

Alvin Greene won a surprise victory in the June 8 Democratic primary.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Alvin Greene won a surprise victory in the June 8 Democratic primary.

The records reveal only a small slice of Greene's service record, his three years with the U.S. Air Force. After serving in junior ROTC in high school, Greene entered the Air National Guard in 1995, serving there until 2002.

In July of that year, he entered the Air Force, serving first as an intelligence librarian responsible for analyzing reports and briefings at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, S.C.

In a performance report, Greene received adequate marks for performing tasks assigned to him, complying with standards and training requirements. Greene's reviewer marked him as an ineffective leader who lacked organization and was "unable to express thoughts clearly."

Greene is "usually capable of handling mundane tasks with supervision" but is "not able to adapt to any changes to daily routine," the reviewer wrote.

Greene was written up for posting sensitive information on a military Internet server, a mistake that resulted in a three-day work stoppage. Records showed Greene was kept at Shaw while the rest of his unit deployed after leadership "recognized his inability to contribute to the wartime mission."

A year later, Greene was evaluated again, this time in his new job as an analyst working with the weapons of mass destruction section.

Again receiving low marks for ineffective leadership, Greene also was rated as not knowing much about his duties or performing them effectively and not complying with minimum training requirements.

The reviewer also wrote Greene "required a daily to-do list" to perform basic duties and had a "consistent inability to follow instructions or maintain basic job knowledge."

Six months after that evaluation, Greene was honorably discharged from the Air Force. A year later, he joined the Army National Guard, in which he served about six months before joining the U.S. Army.

Detailed records of Greene's Army service have not been released.

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veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/22/10 - 03:14 pm
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all it takes to be called a

all it takes to be called a military "HERO" these days is to get killed in combat...why shouldn't 13 yrs. of mediocre service and staying alive count for the same?

if he was such a "threat" to others why wasn't he booted out?...because they will take ANYBODY they can get? don't blame him for that...THAT'S a reflection on some reviewers/officers "lacklustre" performance!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/22/10 - 03:16 pm
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I'll say that Greene is one

I'll say that Greene is one sharp cookie. He is getting the news media to do his campaigning for him at no cost. He must be a fiscal conservative.

chascush
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chascush 07/22/10 - 03:39 pm
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Sounds like a typical

Sounds like a typical DUMocrat.

nofrills
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nofrills 07/22/10 - 03:54 pm
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I think he represents his

I think he represents his party well

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 07/22/10 - 04:13 pm
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You in the media are making

You in the media are making this guy popular...Duh!!!! As for his service record, point is he served and got an honorable discharge, the rest is just irrelevant fodder for a story...

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johnston.cliff 07/22/10 - 04:34 pm
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Improperly handling sensitive

Improperly handling sensitive intelligence information,
Inability to clearly express his thoughts,
Lacks the basic skills for promotion,
Usually capable of handling mundane tasks,
No leadership skills ............

I don't see a problem with Alvin being a Democrat officer holder at any level. So what if his service record was no more impressive than John Kerry's. So what if his leadership skills are no better than obama's. So what if he can't handle sensitive intelligence material, isn't that how the New York Times was able to print military war plans before each strike?
Alvin's qualifications sounds like he'd fit right in with the Democrat part of the senate.
Why is the government press giving him such a hard time?
Could it be because of his skin color?

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BoNick 07/22/10 - 04:39 pm
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If you take away the military

If you take away the military service he looks pretty much like obama bin biden.

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dichotomy 07/22/10 - 05:24 pm
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Don't laugh. This is an Obama

Don't laugh. This is an Obama kind of guy. Obama may pick him to replace Biden on the ticket in 2012. They seem made for each other. One of them don't know what they are doing, the other one don't know how to help.

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follower 07/22/10 - 05:32 pm
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The sad part is that this

The sad part is that this nice, though completely unqualified man will still get tens of thousands of votes.
This election in Nov. will prove without a doubt that Elbow the Clown could run on the Dems ticket, and still get what will probably be 40% of the vote. Scary.

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KSL 07/22/10 - 05:44 pm
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I wonder who is behind all of

I wonder who is behind all of this.

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Dixieman 07/23/10 - 06:49 am
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johnston.cliff...hee, hee,

johnston.cliff...hee, hee, you nailed it. Anyone who has ever been in the military knows that a performance review that calls you "adequate" is like a civilian one that calls you less intelligent than duct tape. This guy was left behind when his unit deployed due to performance issues? That is the lowest of the low.
And I have NEVER met a veteran who called HIMSELF an "American Hero". Amazing...

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SouthernChic 07/23/10 - 10:39 am
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This guy must be the

This guy must be the democrats response to Sarah Palin. Can we set them up on a date or something? Surely there is something these two can learn from each other.

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texred 07/23/10 - 11:21 am
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Sounds like the idea Democrat

Sounds like the idea Democrat candidate, seems to fit right in with all the other ones in office.

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corgimom 07/23/10 - 12:00 pm
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Sounds to me like he'll fit

Sounds to me like he'll fit right into Congress- what's the problem? He certainly can't do any worse than what's there now.

The military has always had Cat IV's. And there are jobs and duties that they are well-suited for.

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Brad Owens 07/23/10 - 05:15 pm
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This is pretty bad. I did

This is pretty bad. I did note that he showed up for duty unlike Dubya.

By the way Cliff, John Kerry went to Vietnam, served on a swiftboat, was in direct combat, has been in firefights, has killed VC, was wounded in combat, did save a SF operator with his own hands during a commando raid, and so in fact you are wrong.

Brad

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sand gnat 07/23/10 - 05:29 pm
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I wonder if he can sing?

I wonder if he can sing?

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Little Lamb 07/23/10 - 11:24 pm
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Welcome, SouthernChic. It

Welcome, SouthernChic. It looks here like the normally ultra-liberal Associated Press is on the verge of endorsing Jim DeMint for senator!

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