Specialist James Matthew Payne of Henderson joined the United States Army in 2010 and served in Afghanistan in 2011 with the 101st Air Assault Airborne Division out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

James just completed his air assault training and has four more years of active duty.

Specialist Payne will be deployed again next year.  His new bride, Carolyn, is proud of her soldier, and his mother, Patty Wiles, says he’s already her hero.

Now, Specialist James Matthew Payne is this week’s Hometown Hero.