CAPT John S. Payne, USN (Ret.)

Captain Payne was born in Oakland California in 1945, and raised on the East Coast.  He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1967. 

 Designated a Naval Aviator in 1968, Captain Payne served a year as an F-9F flight instructor in the Advanced Training Command prior to F-4 Phantom training and a tour with Fighter Squadron Forty One (VF-41) at NAS Oceana, Va. and embarked in USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV 42). 

 Assigned to the Aeronautical Engineering program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA., he received his Masterís Degree in 1975, and then joined VF-111 in San Diego, CA. 

 Captain Payne reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four (VX 4) at NAS Pt. Mugu, CA. in June 1980, and was assigned as Operational Test Director of the F/A 18 Hornet program.  He was Officer-in-Charge and Senior Project Officer for the F/A 18 Initial Operational Test & Evaluation conducted at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD.

 Captain Payne assumed command of VF-213 flying the F-14 Tomcat on 4 June, 1983 following 15 months as Executive Officer.  Following squadron command, he completed the 15 month Naval Nuclear Power training program and subsequently served as the Executive Officer of USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

 In 1989 Captain Payne took command of USS Sacramento (AOE 1), a Fast Combat Support Ship home ported in Bremerton, WA.

In October 1990 he reported to the staff of the United States Third Fleet, where he served for a year as Fleet Operations Officer.

Captain Payne assumed command of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in March 1992 while the ship was in Complex Overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton WA.  He returned the ship to Naval Air Station Alameda, CA in April 1993.  The ship underwent a 10 month compressed workup schedule and deployed in February 1994 for an extended western Pacific deployment including two months in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. 

In October 1994 he was assigned as Deputy Director of Joint Interagency Task Force West in Alameda, CA., providing multi-service support to law enforcement agencies in the nations war against drugs and drug trafficking.

In July 1997 Captain Payne retired following 30 years of naval service.  He is now the Northwest Field Representative for the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, responsible for the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Island areas.  Married to the former Mary Ruth Ackerman of Maplewood N.J., they reside in Poulsbo, WA.

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