Powering the standard cab Chevy is the tried and true 5.3L. Equipped with a ProCharger supercharger, the V-8 mill is force-fed 7 psi of boost, that works with Gibson headers, Gibson exhaust, and an Edge CTS programmer to deliver more than 400 ponies to the rear tires. Trying to keep the Yokohama tires from spinning, an Auburn ECTED electronic locker rearend and 4:10 gears provide the traction necessary to blast down the Texas highways.

Turning heads on those highways is as easy as driving the truck in the sunshine and getting good light on the House of Kolor hues. Ryan "Ryno" Templeton, from Blast of Air, in Anaheim, applied the Orion Silver/Galaxy Grey and red two-tone paint scheme with intertwining flames. He also airbrushed the skull and crossed rifles on the tailgate, an appropriate military interpretation of the Jolly Roger. Gene, at B&G Collision, in Temple, Texas, handled all of the fit and finish work. Body mods for the Silverado include a full complement of Street Scene urethanes, a Leer tonneau cover, InProCarWear LED taillights, and an aggressive hood from RK Sport.

Inside the tight confines of the cab, Tony Hernandez, in Costa Mesa, California, chopped down and wrapped the factory seats in black leather with black suede inserts and stitched them in red. Mike Ungles then stepped in and built the fiberglass center console that is home to two Kicker 650.1 components, one 10-inch Kicker Solo X sub, and the Dakota Digital air-ride controls. Ryno applied matching flames to the top-half of the enclosure and then it too was wrapped in black leather and suede. To add some vibrance to the dark interior, the dash plastics were painted red and a set of US Speedo gauges were installed. Kinetik batteries keep the juices charged and also keep the two Kicker amps happy.

Driving the truck during our photo session, it's easy to see why Will likes his truck so much. Constant mashes of the throttle, bumping some Kid Rock at concert sound levels, and the up and down motion of the airbags, it's just the right escape from reality every man, and especially ever soldier, needs. As our short time with Staff Sergeant Payne ended, he was quick to thank his lovely wife Jonette, his daughters Madalyn and Olivia, and Mike Ungles for all of their help and support during the buildup process. It only takes one person to make a huge impact on someone's life and we came away from our experience at Fort Hood with humble spirits and a thankful attitude. We would like to thank all of you serving in our armed forces for your hard work and dedication.