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U.S. Army Lt. Col. Maurice "Moe" Green, a South Carolina State University alumnus, will serve as the keynote speaker for the ROTC fall commissioning ceremony today.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on campus.

The students who will receive their commissions as officers have made a commitment to serve the nation with integrity, courage and perseverance.

The honorees are:

• Nicholas Blackshear from Newport News, Virginia, will be earning a degree in criminal justice. He will be commissioned into active duty and will serve in the infantry branch.

• Roderick Britt from St. George will earn a degree in biology and will be commissioned into active duty. He will serve in the infantry branch.

• Ashante Finnie is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She will earn a degree in chemistry and will be commissioned into active duty. She will serve in the Adjutant General Corps.

Green hails from Timmonsville and entered the U.S. Army in 2002 after being commissioned at S.C. State as an air defense artillery officer.

He is an accomplished military police officer with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with humanitarian assistance experience in Haiti.

In his most recent operational assignment, he served as the battalion operations officer for the 91st Military Police Battalion in Fort Drum, New York. In 2015, Green was selected as the U.S. Army Fellow to the International Association of Chiefs of Police and assumed duties in the Center for Police Leadership and Training as a national instructor of leadership.

Upon completion of his duties as a fellow, Green was assigned to the Office of the Provost Marshall General inside the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

He currently serves as the deputy brigade commander for the Army's largest military police brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at S.C. State and also holds a master of public administration from the University of Kansas, a master of arts in business and organizational security management from Webster University and a master of management in human resource management from the University of Phoenix.

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