Lieutenant Colonel Paynter graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in General Science in May 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Paynter was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
Upon completion of The Basic School in December 1999, Second Lieutenant Paynter reported to Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Pensacola, Florida, where he completed the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Indoctrination Course, and was designated an Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
In April, 2001, Second Lieutenant Paynter was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 (MALS-29), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he served as the Airframes Division Officer. Additionally, he served as the Production Control Officer during Combined Arms Exercise 9/10-01.
In November 2001, First Lieutenant Paynter was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 (HMH-464), where he served as the Maintenance Material Control Officer. From January through June 2003, First Lieutenant Paynter deployed with HMH-464 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In May 2004, Captain Paynter transferred to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), in Quantico, Virginia. At HMX-1, Captain Paynter served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Material Control Officer in the Aircraft Maintenance Department, and as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer in the Executive Flight Detachment.
In December 2007, Captain Paynter transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24 (MALS-24), Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where he served as the Operations Officer.
In June 2010, Major Paynter transferred to United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, where he served on board the National Airborne Operations Center as the Residual Capabilities Assessment Officer and Emergency Action Officer.
In June 2013, Major Paynter transferred to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer for six Weapons and Tactics Instructor courses.
In July 2016, Major Paynter transferred to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Virginia, where he served in the Aviation Logistics Division as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
In August 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Paynter transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 29 to serve as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 29 “Wolverines”.
Lieutenant Colonel Paynter has completed both the Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College Distance Education Programs.
Lieutenant Colonel Paynter’s personal awards include the Presidential Service Badge, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit/campaign awards.