Mark L. Turner, CAPT
Director, Naval Staff College
Captain Turner received his commission upon graduation from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, Captain Turner’s Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance tours included Patrol Squadrons FORTY-FOUR and ELEVEN; Patrol Squadron THIRTY as an Instructor Tactical Coordinator; department head tour Patrol Squadron FORTY-SEVEN; Commanding/Executive Officer PATROL SQUADRON FORTY-FIVE; and Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN.
In addition to his flying tours, Captain Turner served as Assistant Patrol Aviation Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington D.C. and Operations Administration Officer on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73). He qualified as Officer of the Deck, and earned his Surface Warfare Officer designation while deploying to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and SOUTHERN WATCH. Additionally, he served multiple tours for the Chief of Naval Operations as a Requirements Officer for multiple ACAT 1D programs including P-8, P-3, Broad Area Maritime Unmanned Vehicles, and TacMobile. While on the Joint Chiefs of Staff he served as Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for the Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate.
He was designated a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellow upon completion of the Seminar XXI program. Captain Turner earned a Master’s Degree from Averett College (MBA) and the Naval War College receiving a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was designated a Burke Fellow and was a recipient of the James D. Forrestal Award for excellence in Strategy and Force Planning. CAPT Turner currently serves as Director of the Naval Staff College, Newport RI.
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