Former Louisa resident promoted to Chief Petty Officer

Quartermaster Chief Tina Seaberry-Payne’s mother and father affixes her first set of anchors. 

Tina Seaberry-Payne, a Louisa County native, was recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy after an extensive initiation process. Her mother and father had the honor of pinning her anchors. 

Since she joined the Navy in 2005, Payne has been given opportunities to travel the world. She has been to Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Dubai, and lived in Japan for a year. 

“I have enjoyed experiencing other cultures,” she said. ”I do not think I would have traveled as much as I have on my own. I enjoyed my time in Japan and was able to experience their culture and gain a better understanding.” 

In 2018, she married Brian White after they dated for two years. They were stationed together on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and met when he cleaned her teeth. They have a blended family with one boy and two girls. 

“The hardest part about being in the military is being separated from your family,” said Payne. “Being separated for long periods of time has made our family stronger and has made us appreciate the time we have together.”

She is currently stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia and works at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital where she takes care of those with medical issues in hopes to get them back in full duty status and back to the fleet or help them transition to the civilian sector. 

 

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