Assistant Chief of Chaplains for Mobilization and Readiness
Biography of Chaplain (BRIGADIER GENERAL) Kevin R. Turner
Chaplain (BG) Kevin R. Turner grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a BA in Religion and Psychology in 1978. Chaplain Turner earned his M.Div. from Duke University and his D.Min. from Erskine Theological Seminary. He also holds a Masters degree from Troy State in International Relations and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Chaplain Turner became the Assistant Chief of Chaplains for Mobilization and Readiness on 1 October 2011. Chaplain Turner joined the Army in 1984 as a Private in the Infantry. Following graduation from Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an Infantry officer and served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader and Executive Officer with the Third Armored Division in Germany. During the Gulf War, he served as a Detachment Commander for Operational Detachment Alpha 055, 10th Special Forces Group. Chaplain Turner left Active Duty in 1994 and received a new appointment into the USAR chaplaincy after completing ordination requirements. Chaplain Turner has served as a chaplain at the Battalion, Brigade, and Division levels for the 108th Division. In 2005 he was called onto Active Duty and served as the Plans and Operations Chaplain and later as the Deputy Command Chaplain for Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Chaplain Turner was selected to serve as the Command Chaplain for Special Operations Command South in Homestead, FL, in 2007 and served in that capacity until August of 2011.
His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the South West Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Humanitarian Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with five Oak Leaf Clusters, the Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, the Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab.
In his civilian capacity, he is the Veterans Service Officer Supervisor with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, in Asheville, North Carolina.
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