‘Below the zone’: Timmonsville native Maurice Green earns Army promotion one year early
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. – A Timmonsville High School graduate recently received a promotion one year early in the Army.
On July 6, Maurice Green was promoted to lieutenant colonel at Shaw Air Force Base.
Green said the secret to securing his promotion was doing what his leaders tell him to do and making the leaders’ priorities his priorities.
The promotion was the first time Green received a promotion in front of his family and friends in South Carolina.
“I was promoted below the zone. That’s normally pretty rare,” Green said. “Less than 1 percent are promoted below the zone, so I got promoted a year early.”
He explained that for officers, the Army will look at a candidate for promotion three times. First, candidates are examined one year before the primary opportunity for rank advancement, and less than 1 percent are promoted. The primary year occurs a year later when most candidates are promoted, and then above the zone promotion occurs a year after the primary time for advancement.
Candidates who do not advance “above the zone” are separated from the Army.
The promotion to lieutenant colonel is Green’s fourth promotion.
Green described himself as a “country boy” who grew up cutting grass and working with his father, Charlie. Charlie was as an appliance repair specialist.
“I got to do a lot of house calls, and I got to know a lot of people in the community,” Green said. “I mean, [Timmonsville] is definitely one of those towns where it takes a village. There’s family and friends that played a part in my upbringing.”
He added that Timmonsville helped him develop character.
“I would definitely like to mention that we were part of the JROTC at Timmonsville High School,” Green said. “There I had Maj. Dawkins and Sgt. Maj. Williams, as they started the inaugural program. It was there I gained the inspiration to want to serve in the military from Maj. Dawkins. He was also a graduate of the program at South Carolina State, and he challenged me to compete for ROTC scholarships.”
Green said he entered the Army as part of a split option training program in between his junior and senior years at Timmonsville High. Green graduated from Timmonsville in 1998.
As part of the program, Green served in the South Carolina National Guard and competed for scholarships to attend a four-year college.
“I was awarded a four-year Army ROTC scholarship at South Carolina State so I could get into the reserve officer training program and become a second lieutenant,” Green said.
South Carolina State University is a historically black university located in Orangeburg.
Green graduated from South Carolina State in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He also holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Webster University and the University of Phoenix. After graduating from South Carolina State, he was commissioned a second lieutenant.
Green first served at Fort Campbell in Kentucky before he participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Then, he returned to Fort Campbell and made his way to South Korea for a year.
From South Korea, he went to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for a six- or seven-month training.
Green next went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then to Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Then, he came back to Fort Bragg. Green also served in the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti following the earthquake.
Green then went to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Fort Drum, New York.
After Fort Drum, he served a year fellowship in Washington, D.C., with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Then, after his fellowship, Green served at the Pentagon before returning to Fort Bragg, where he serves as the Deputy Commander for the 16th Military Police Brigade.
Green and his wife, Candace, are the parents of two teenagers, Caleb and Cameron.