ATC student named finalist for state award

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Aamir Greene (Telecommunications Engineering Technology student), Albany Technical College's GOAL Student of the Year for 2013, was named one of nine finalists in the GOAL State Regional Competition at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. Greene, along with the other finalists, was also presented with an iPad.

A native of Miami, Florida, Greene enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990. After completing all of his military training, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At the age of 19, Greene found himself in combat during the Desert Storm war. In 1992, he was a part of the 3rd Battalion 10th Marines reassigned to Miami as a humanitarian effort in providing aide to the victims of Hurricane Andrew that had devastated south Florida. He was later meritoriously promoted to Sergeant and checked into 3rd Force Reconnaissance, special operation command in Mobile, Alabama. As an operator, he traveled the world and accomplished many missions.

In 2000, he was very victorious on Recruiting Duty in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After four and a half years, Greene was reassigned to Camp Lejeune where he went through an additional training for his second combat tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon his arrival back to States side, he was assigned to Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, ANGLICO, where he learned how to control airstrikes. In 2009, he was facing his third and final tour in Iraq. When he returned back to the States, he began to prepare himself back to the civilian life as he retired in the Albany area.

In 2012, Greene started his education at Albany Technical College in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program. He also serves as the President of Albany Tech's Student Government Association (SGA) and is part of the college's Achieving the Dream Core Team to help identify and overcome student educational barriers. His career goal is to obtain his associate's degree and begin an entrepreneurship in Telecommunications.

"Technical education allows me to streamline from where I am to my ultimate objective quicker with the handson experience and training," said Greene. "Technical education is very affordable and prepares me for an education that is most relevant to the Telecommunications industry."

Honors and Awards Greene has earned over the years include: Humanitarian Service Medal, two Letter of Appreciations, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, 13 Meritorious Mast (recommendations for promotions, Navy Unit Commendation, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, two Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit commendation, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Four Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, five Certificate of Commendation awards, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, two National Defense Medals, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and four Certificate of Appreciations. Many awards while on Recruiting duty for making his missions, Recruiter of the Month, and Recruiter of the Quarter, 1990-2010.

During a banquet tomorrow evening, Greene has a possible chance to become the GOAL Student of the Year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and become the spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for this year. If he wins, Greene will also be awarded a brand new vehicle.