2017 Expedition

Branch of Service: United States Navy

State: California

Thomas Payne is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Thomas decided to join the Navy as it matches up perfectly with his passion for traveling, the outdoors, meeting new people, and boating. In the military, Thomas was an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handle and served until 2016. Thomas is also a cancer survivor.

Thomas now calls San Diego home and loves the area for the outdoor opportunities it provides. Thomas is an avid outdoorsman and helps lead tours as a Canyoneering Guide for the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Through Warriors to Summits, Thomas hopes to move past his own barrier of self-doubt and regain his confidence. Thomas is extremely excited for the opportunity to meet the other Warriors on the expedition and re-establish the sense of camaraderie he originally found in the military.

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