Samuel F. Payne Jr.
Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Chief of Staff, DLA Land and Maritime

Colonel Samuel F. Payne Jr. is the Chief of Staff at the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime located in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as a principal advisor to the Commander and Deputy Commander on operations and readiness matters. In this role, he helps lead 2,500 joint military and civilian professionals in delivering repair parts to all military services at 37 worldwide locations to include three DLA Depot Level Reparable detachments, four detachments supporting U.S. Naval Shipyards and at deployed units. DLA Land and Maritime’s core functions include purchasing materiel, monitoring inventory levels, maintaining technical data and assuring quality conformance of approximately two million spare and repair parts used by more than 19,000 military units and federal and civilian agencies. In 2019, DLA Land and Maritime’s sales exceeded $4.1 billion.

He previously served as Chief, Plans and Systems Integration Branch, Headquarters Air Force, Washington, DC. His responsibilities included synchronizing contingency planning efforts and systems modernization for the United States Air Force Global Force Management enterprise.

Colonel Payne received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1999. During his career, he has commanded three Logistics Readiness Squadrons and worked on the Headquarters Air Staff in multiple capacities. He was competitively selected to participate in both, the Air Force Logistics Career Broadening Program at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and the Air Force Strategic Policy Fellowship at the Pentagon, Washington DC. Prior to his current position, the colonel served in a combined and joint position as an Alliance Planner for the Combined Forces Command, Yongsan Army Garrison, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The colonel also has deployed assignments with the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command, Afghanistan and EUCOM’s Joint Movement Center in Stuttgart, Germany, along with two remote assignments to the Republic of Korea.

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