Payne recognized by commissioners

March 5th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Clermont County officials were on hand to show their support to a former Milford resident, Daniel Payne, as he prepares to deploy to Iraq with the Ohio Army National Guard.

Payne was presented a certificate of appreciation signed by Clermont County Commissioners Bob Proud, Scott Croswell and Ed Humphrey during the commissioners meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25.

In addition, Dan Bare, executive director of Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, presented Payne with a challenge coin. He was also presented certificates of appreciation from Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg and Stephen Caraway, on behalf of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

Payne is a 2006 graduate of Milford High School who joined the Army National Guard after seeing a flier about the benefits.

"Until I saw the flier I had never even considered joining the military," said Payne.

His unit is being deployed to Mosul, Iraq, for a 12-month period.

"On May 1 we are leaving for Camp Shelby in Mississippi for training for Iraq," said Payne.

Spc. Payne went for basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, graduating in November 2006. He received his advanced individual training at Ft. Huachuca, in Arizona, and has been going for training one weekend each month and two weeks during the summer.

Payne has been enrolled at U.C. Clermont but will be putting his college education on hold at least for one year.

"I'm leaving for some additional training in March and will not be able to continue classes," said Payne.

Payne says that he has been trained very well for the job he is being sent to do and that he knows the team he has been assigned to. He has also talked to several people who have already served tours of duty in Iraq and knows what he can expect.

"I have full confidence in my unit that we will make it through," said Payne. "Our unit will be doing convoy security while in Iraq."

Payne offered words of advice to those who may be considering the military as a career.

"If anyone is thinking about becoming a part of the military they should check out what branch they want to serve and go ahead and join," said Payne. "It is very rewarding. The military matures you, it makes you more responsible. The benefits of joining are excellent. The Ohio Army National Guard pays 100 percent of tuition to a state college. I don't have to pay for anything besides housing and food."

"For someone just graduating from high school that is one thing to definitely consider. It's nice if your parents can pay for your college, but I think that students shouldn't put that burden on their parents. They should start taking care of themselves. Go ahead now and take the opportunity to live on your own."
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