Kentucky Wesleyan College will honor veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 12:12 p.m. in Tapscott Chapel in the Barnard-Jones Administration Building. The 30-minute service will include recognition of veterans, music by the Kentucky Wesleyan Singers and a message from Col. Timothy Payment ’97, a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Outstanding Young Graduate of the Year in 2010.
Col. Payment was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Infantry in February 2018. His career began as a platoon leader in the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Over the past 22 years, he has relocated his home 12 times and has deployed in support of operations in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Eastern Europe. Overall, Tim has spent over six years in forward deployed operational areas. He has also led soldiers on scores of field training exercises.
He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, Infantry Captain Career Course, Combined Arms Staff Service School, Command and General Staff College, and most recently was an Army War College Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston. Col. Payment earned his master’s degree in management from Webster University over a three-year period by attending night classes in Louisville and Leavenworth, Kan.
Col. Payment’s awards include the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters. He has been awarded the Bronze Star four times. He has earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Area veterans and the public are invited to attend the service.