APNewsBreak: Records show Greene's military flops
By MEG KINNARD (AP) – 1
COLUMBIA, S.C. — 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.
records, which document his superiors' decisions to pass over Greene for
promotion, cite mistakes as severe as improperly uploading sensitive
intelligence information to a military server, and as basic as an overall
inability to clearly express his thoughts and perform basic tasks.
Greene, 32, won a surprise victory in the June 8 Democratic primary.
Greene handily defeated Vic Rawl, a former lawmaker and judge who had been
considered an easy win by the party establishment.
Up to that point,
Greene had done no visible campaigning and had no website, fundraising or staff.
In the weeks since, Greene has given a series of awkward interviews to
reporters clamoring for more information on the unemployed man who lives in
Manning with his ailing father. In one interview, he suggested that the state's
economy could be improved by making and selling action figures depicting him in
his uniform. On Sunday, Greene gave his first public speech, a 6 1/2-minute
recitation of his previous comments and commitment to jobs and education. He now
has a website and says he has raised less than $1,000.
Greene has often
mentioned his military service, saying he first came up with the idea to seek
political office while serving in Korea. But the veteran has also refused to go
into detail about his service, merely saying he won numerous decorations and
left the military honorably but involuntarily.
At his home in Manning on
Thursday, Greene told an AP reporter who reviewed the documents with him that
the evaluations show he was discriminated against by military supervisors but he
did not explain what that meant.
"I'm telling you who they promote: the
terrorists and the communists," said Greene, wearing a blue U.S. Air Force
T-shirt. "This is why we need to overhaul the military and get these people
The records obtained by AP only reveal 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.
In a performance report
two years later, Greene received adequate marks for performing tasks assigned to
him, complying with standards and training requirements. But 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, also noting that Greene had received
multiple disciplinary actions for failing to perform his duties.
was also 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."
later, Greene was evaluated again, this time in his new job as an analyst
working with the weapons of mass destruction section. But Greene's job had
little to do with intelligence analysis and more to do with shredding documents
and escorting contractors around the base.
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
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." Most seriously, the reviewer
wrote that Greene would represent "a threat to others" because of his inability
to grasp the basics of military training.
In additional comments, the
reviewer said she would not recommend Greene for promotion but did note his
community service work and fundraising efforts for a holiday party. "While Alvin
is a decent person, he lacks the basic skills necessary for promotion," the
And his reaction to criticism: Cry Racism and Let Loose The Hounds Of Affirmative Action, just like Shirley Sherrod.
Greene protested the denial, writing that the reviewer "only concentrates on
presenting a negative perception of me by making false statements of my
character" and saying the reviewer and other airmen "create a hostile work
Greene also objected to that appraisal, writing that
corruption to his computer "can often make it impossible for me to accomplish
tasks in a timely fashion" and said another airman "cursed me out and told me I
am wanted out."
Many on the right claim the military is superior to the civilian because there is no affirmative action in the military and all are held to the same standards. Alvin Greene proves that a lie. If he had been white, he would have been out in a flash.