Payne training on Orion aircraft
Emily K. Payne is currently assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., for training on the P3 Orion aircraft and its associated weapons systems.
Payne is the daughter of Paul and Brenda Payne of Hixson and a 2007 graduate of Hixson High School.
She is a graduate of Aircraft Machinist Mate School, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Naval Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Ill.
Upon completion of the training, she will report to the Naval Unit, Misawa Air Force Base, Japan.
Basic training graduates
* Lackland Air Force Base: Air Force Airman Cameron A. Quinn, son of Michelle Perry of Rossville, graduate of Ringgold High School; Air Force Airman Cherish F. Hopkins, daughter of Tonya Bowers, graduate of LaFayette High School; Air Force Airman Johnathan L. Wilson, son of Carolyn and William Wilson, graduate of Central High School.
Also, Air Force Airman 1st Class Kenneth A. Lee, son of Anita Peterson of Johnson City, Tenn., graduate of Red Bank High School and East Tennessee State University.
* Fort Benning, Ga.: Army Pvt. Justin B. Camp, son of Stevin and Portia Camp of Trenton, Ga., graduate of Dade County High School; Army National Guard Pvt. James A. Wood, son of Karen and David Wood of LaFayette, Ga., graduate of Dogwood Christian Academy in Tunnel Hill, Ga.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...