ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Technical College announced its 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for the college at a Rotary Club meeting held at Doublegate on Thursday.
Telecommunications Engineering Technology student Aamir Greene is this year’s recipient.
A native of Miami, Fla., Greene enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990. After completing all of his military training, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
At the age of 19, Greene found himself in combat during the Operation Desert Storm. 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 joined 3rd Force Reconnaissance, special operation command in Mobile, Ala. 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 return statesside, 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, he began to prepare himself back to the civilian life as he retired in the Albany area.
In 2012, Greene started 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 hands-on experience and training,” said Greene. “Technical education is very affordable and prepares me for an education that is most relevant to the Telecommunications industry.”
Greene said he is humbled by his selection.
“It is a great honor for Albany Technical College and the City of Albany to elect me as the student of the year for 2013,” Greene said. “I am very excited to share my experience with fellow students and look forward in the efforts in helping students and those in our community achieve their educational goals.”
The next step in Greene’s journey with the GOAL program will be to travel to Tifton to the regional competition and eventually to Atlanta in late April to compete at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) state level with an opportunity to possible become the spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for this year.