Staff Sgt. Tyler Payne was born in Princeton, Minnesota. He joined the Army in March 2010 and shipped to basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After completion of initial training in June of 2010, Payne was assigned to the United States Army Marksmanship Units Action Shooting Team.
Payne immediately showed his talent on the range and has since had the following shooting accomplishments: 2011 FNH 3-gun Champion, 2012 Mammoth Sniper Competition Champion, 2012 International Sniper Competition Champion, 2012 3 Gun Nation Championship Finalist, 2013 Mammoth Sniper Competition Champion, 2013 International Sniper Competition Champion, 2013 3 Gun Nation Championship Finalist, 2014 Mammoth Sniper Competition Champion, 2014 USASOC Sniper Competition Champion, 2014, 2014 USPSA 3 Gun Nationals 3rd place, 2015 USPSA 3 Gun Nationals 2nd place, 2015 Rocky Mountain 3 Gun Champion, 2015 Woody’s PRS Champion.
While assigned to Action Shooting Team, Payne deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as well as the USAMU’s mission to establish a marksmanship training program for the Afghanistan National Army in 2012.
He is a graduate from the Advanced Leaders Course in Ft. Benning, Georgia, Warriors Leaders Course in Ft. Benning Georgia, Sniper School in Ft. Benning, Georgia and Special Forces sniper school in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal x5, Army Good Conduct Medal x2, Army Commendation Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Superior Unit Award and Certificate of Appreciation.