Errors damaged Greene's release

Discharge a step below honorable

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COLUMBIA --- Military supervisors denied long-shot U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene an honorable discharge from the Air Force for mistakes ranging from a messy dorm room to inability to perform basic tasks, according to a newspaper report published Tuesday.

A five-member military review board upheld Greene's involuntary discharge in July 2006, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported. A year later, Greene joined the Army National Guard, in which he served about six months before joining the Army.

"We've already gone through that. There is no need to bring something up over again," Greene told said. "It's old news. You should just leave it alone."

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, enlisted personnel can receive an honorable discharge, a general discharge under honorable conditions or a general discharge under conditions other than honorable.

Greene received a general discharge under honorable conditions, a step below a full honorable discharge, according to documents released in July to The Associated Press from the National Personnel Records Center.

Greene won a surprise victory in the June 8 Democratic primary when he handily defeated a former lawmaker. He has been indicted on a felony obscenity charge accusing him of showing Internet porn to a female University of South Carolina student.

Greene often mentions his 13 years of military service, saying he came up with the idea to seek political office while serving in Korea.

The veteran has also refused to go into detail, merely saying he won numerous decorations and left the military honorably but involuntarily.

In July, the AP reported Greene received adequate marks for performing basic tasks and complying with training requirements. Reviewers marked Greene as an ineffective leader who lacked organization and received disciplinary actions for failing to perform his duties.

Greene was also written up for posting sensitive information on a military Internet server, according to the records uncovered in July. They show he was kept at Shaw Air Force Base while the rest of his unit deployed after leadership "recognized his inability to contribute to the wartime mission."

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mable8 09/15/10 - 07:02 am
All because a few are upset

All because a few are upset that this guy won the primary on a shoestring; he proved it does not require millions of dollars to run a campaign. If he wins, maybe he will introduce a bill that would put a cap on the obscene amount of money candidates claim they "Must Have" in order to win.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/15/10 - 07:34 am
I can't recall the Associated

I can't recall the Associated Press being as vicious against anybody as they are against Greene.

nofrills 09/15/10 - 08:30 am
No matter what is said about

No matter what is said about Greene you will have to face the facts. He is running against Jim Demint. Do you really think he can win?

uptheseventhplanet 09/15/10 - 10:02 am
Re 7:02 You are correct that

Re 7:02 You are correct that running for office doesn't require millions of dollars but having millions of ignorant voters sure doesn't hurt.

chascush 09/15/10 - 09:23 pm
SC Rep. Clyburn said Greene

SC Rep. Clyburn said Greene was planted by the republicans. Greene is at least as good as Clyburn.

getalife 09/16/10 - 07:53 am
Greene may be just as

Greene may be just as qualified as most of the politicians we currently have in office. Many don't pay their taxes or fulfill the promises they made when running for the office. Many are corrupt and have stolen millions of dollars from the taxpayers.

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 09/18/10 - 08:13 am
This is just piling on now.

This is just piling on now. I noticed that everyone tries to say this guy is 'nuts' and all that but so friggin what?

I like a story where the underdog gets a shot.

Makes me wish I could pull off a coup like that one day. Even if he is not going to win, he has a right to run and this idea that you must be groomed from birth to rule is part of the problem.

A bunch of Ivy leauge educated rich know-it-alls trying to act like they are common folks looking out for the working man.

It is fake and the reason we have so many problems today.

The so-called leaders don't, and haven't, lived in reality ever so how can we expect them to react to this guy?

Revolution is not enough,


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