Jamaican-Born Colonel Gets Presidential Commendation
WASHINGTON, USA — A commendation from US President Barack Obama featured among accolades bestowed upon Jamaican-born colonel Jacqueline Motherselle Payne-Borden as she retired recently from the US Air Force Reserve as chief nurse executive, after serving 28 years.
Payne-Borden had served the 779th medical group at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and she was honoured at a retirement ceremony filled with pomp and pageantry, attended by just over 200 Army officials, dignitaries, friends and family at the Fort McNair Officer’s Club in Washington, DC, last Friday.
President Obama’s commendation was read by clinical systems nurse assistant, Maj. Nattasha Sutton. In it, Obama extended his personal thanks and the sincere appreciation of a colourful nation for her contribution of honourable service to the United States.