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Honoring Sergeant Major Thomas P. “Pat” Payne

It is with the greatest of admiration and profound respect that I send my heartfelt congratulations today to my friend, Sergeant Major Thomas P. “Pat” Payne of the US Army Rangers. Today, Sergeant Major Payne is to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery and valor in the 2015 rescue of 70 Iraqi hostages from ISIS forces in the Kirkuk province of Iraq, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

I invite you to read more about Sergeant Major Payne and his accomplishments at

Pat Payne and MackieThis level of selfless leadership inspires others to excellence as well. A team I coached with Pat in the 2019 Best Ranger Competition placed in the top five—the oldest team ever to do so. Coaching with Pat in that competition was one of the greatest honors of my five-decade career.