Colonel Todd Turner
COL Todd Turner is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Aviation in 1994. From 1995-1998, COL Turner served as a Brigade Assistant S-1, Aeroscout Platoon Leader (OH-58A/C), and Battalion S-4 in the 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler AAF, HI. From 1999-2002, COL Turner served as an Assistant S-3, Flight Company Commander (AH-64A), and Battalion S-3 in 1st Infantry Division, Katterbach AAF, Germany. From 2002-2003, COL Turner commanded Tucson Recruiting Company in Tucson, AZ. From 2003-2008, COL Turner was assigned to 1st and 4th Battalions, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) where he served as a Battalion Assistant S-3, Battalion XO, Battalion S-3, and Flight Company Commander (MH-47G) at Fort Campbell, KY and Fort Lewis, WA. From 2009-2011, COL Turner was assigned to Aviation Tactics and Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC where he served as a Joint Air Planner, Rotary Wing Assault Division Chief, and a Joint Special Operations Air Detachment Commander. From 2011-2013, COL Turner served as the Battalion Commander for 2-501st General Support Aviation Battalion (UH/HH-60A/L and CH-47F) at Fort Bliss, TX, and TF Iron Knights in RC-N Afghanistan. From 2013 – 2014, COL Turner served as the Deputy Director of Aviation and XO to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G357, HQs, FORSCOM. COL Turner has served as the Chief, Strategic Initiatives Group, Cyber CoE, since his arrival to Fort Gordon in July 2015. COL Turner’s deployments include: OPERATION JOINT GUARDIAN in support of KFOR 1A in Kosovo and multiple rotations to Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.
COL Turner’s professional education includes: the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, the Aviation Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Air Command and Staff College, and a U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Duke University. COL Turner holds a B.S. in Law and Systems Engineering from USMA and M.A. in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
COL Turner’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), and the Air Medal (Numeral 3), the Army Master Aviator Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Recruiter’s Badge, the Honorable Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award, and Royal Thai Army Airborne Wings. COL Turner has over 2,100 flight hours and is qualified to fly the TH-67, UH-1H, OH-58A/C, AH-64A, MH-6C, CH-47D/F, MH-47G, and UH/HH-60A/L helicopters.