LtCol Page C. Payne
LtCol Payne graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, May 2001. From 2001-2003 LtCol Payne attended Officer Candidate School, The Basic School and flight school where he was designated as a Naval Aviator in November of 2003 and assigned to the UH-1N.
In April 2004 LtCol Payne was assigned to HMLA-369 “Gunfighters” aboard Camp Pendleton, CA. At Gunfighters LtCol Payne worked in Operations as he progressed in flight qualifications and designations to include: Night Systems Instructor (NSI), Defensive Air Combat Maneuvering Instructor (DACM(I)), Flight Lead, Forward Air Controller Airborne Instructor (FAC(A)(I)), and Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI). During this time, LtCol Payne participated in one Unit Deployment Program (UDP) to Okinawa and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
In April 2008 LtCol Payne was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marines “China Marines”, as the Battalion Air Officer. Upon completing Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) he was selected to attend Weapons and Tactics Instructor Air Officers Course before deploying to OIF.
In December 2008 LtCol Payne was selected for Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) where he attended from 2009-2010 before being assigned to HMLAT-303 “Atlas” in 2010. While at Atlas, LtCol Payne transitioned to the UH-1Y “Venom”, and worked in Light Attack Training Standardization before being promoted to Major and becoming the S-1 Officer in Charge (OIC).
In May 2013 LtCol Payne was re-assigned to Gunfighters as the Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS) to support a deployment to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Upon completion of this assignment LtCol Payne was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 39 as the DOSS from 2014-2015.
In 2015 LtCol Payne was selected to be the Air Combat Element (ACE) Operations Officer (OPSO) for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC 15.2) where he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
In October 2015 LtCol Payne was assigned to HMLA-169 “Vipers” as the Executive Officer (XO) and subsequently selected as the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) ACE XO in 2017 where he served for work-ups. Once the 15th MEU sailed LtCol Payne was the Viper Skid Detachment OIC and Commander of Troops aboard the USS San Diego for operations in 3rd, 7th, 5th and 6th Fleet.
In May of 2018 LtCol Payne received orders to Headquarters Marine Corps Plans, Policies, and Operations (PP&O) as the Expeditionary Warfare Amphibious Ship Advocate (POE-50). While assigned to POE, LtCol Payne was selected to Command HMLA-367 SCARFACE.
May 21, 2020 LtCol Payne assumed command of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.