Committees: Audit Committee
Brigadier General Payne currently serves as Commanding General, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, LA and as Director, Central Command Distribution and Deployment Center.
A graduate of North Carolina State University, Brigadier General Payne entered the Marine Corps in 1970 as a recruit at Parris Island, SC. On January 1, 1976 he was promoted from Staff Sergeant to Second Lieutenant and received an Infantry Officer MOS. During the period January 1976 to June 1980 he served with 2d Battalion, 24th Marines as a Weapons Platoon Commander, Rifle Platoon Commander, Strike Force Commander, and S-3 Liaison Officer. During his tour with 2/24 he was presented the MCROA award as the Outstanding Company Grade Officer in the Chicago area.
His nine command tours include three companies: Truck Company, 6th Motor Transport Battalion, Orlando, FL (October 1985 to May 1988); Company C, 4th Landing Support Battalion, Charleston, SC (October 1989 to August 1990); and H&S Company, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, NC (September 1990 to July 1992). From October 1993 to October 1995 he served as Commanding Officer, 4th Landing Support Battalion, 4th FSSG, Seattle, WA. During this two-year tour, the Battalion won five major awards for excellence, including two Cates Awards, two Hanson Awards, and the Schmidt Award. Brigadier General Payne served as Commanding Officer, 4th FSSG Forward (East), Camp Lejeune, NC, from March 1999 to March 2001, as Deputy Commander, 4th FSSG, New Orleans, LA from June 2001 to September 2002, Commanding General, Marine Corps Mobilization Command, Kansas City, MO from May 2003 to November 2004 and as Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Command, Albany, GA from December 2004 to July 2005.
Brigadier General Payne's staff billets include Operations Officer, 2d BTO, Savannah, GA; G-4 Ops and Deputy G-4, 2d MEB, Camp Lejeune, NC; G-3 Plans, Deputy G-3, and Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, 4th FSSG, New Orleans, LA; Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, Marine Forces Korea; Assistant Chief of Staff G-4, II MEF, Camp Lejeune, NC; and Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Reserve Support Command, Kansas City, MO.
During his service in the Marine Corps Reserve, Brigadier General Payne has completed numerous schools, including Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, Landing Force Staff Planning, the Reserve Component National Security Course, and the U. S. Army War College, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. He has also participated in numerous amphibious, CAX, MCCRES, LOGEX, NATO, WestPac, Joint, and Combined exercises. He is a past member of the Marine Corps Reserve Policy Board and currently serves on the MCA Board of Governors.