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Local is named nation's 'outstanding airman'
A local air man is being honored in Washington today.
Master Sergeant Jason Payne is being recognized as one of this year's "outstanding airmen." Payne deployed as the sole combat controller with a 50-man Navy Seal team during 31 high risk missions.
He directed close air support on those missions with no losses. Payne also conducted combat operations that crushed Taliban networks.
He is one of only 12 who will receive the "outstanding airmen" honor this year.