Lieutenant Colonel Gregory E. Turner assumes command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District after 20 years of Army service. He was born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State in 1998, where he was commissioned through ROTC as a distinguished military graduate.
Lt. Col. Turner most recently served as the Assistant Director for Civil Works and as the Secretary of the General Staff for Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Before his assignment to the Corps of Engineers, Lt. Col. Turner served as a battalion operations trainer at Fort Irwin’s National Training Center. Prior to that, he was the Battalion Operations & Training Officer for the 40th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan and served as the Battalion Commander through the unit’s inactivation in 2012. From 2008 to 2010, Turner was assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as an instructor and Deputy Branch Chief.
Prior to that, Turner was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 20th Engineer Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the Training Officer. He deployed to Baghdad with the 20th Engineers where he served as a Battle Captain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Turner was then assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and assumed command of Bravo Company, 91st Engineer Battalion before overseeing its conversion to Echo Company, 1-5 CAV. He also led his Company in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.
Lt. Col. Turner’s first assignment was to Germany where he first served as a maintenance platoon leader for the 94th Engineer Battalion, Vilseck, Germany, and later took charge of a heavy equipment platoon in the 535th Combat Support Equipment Company. After he was reassigned to Hanau Germany as the assistant Operations Officer for the 130th Engineer Brigade, he then served as the Executive Officer for the 320th Engineer Company (Topographic) and the assistant Operations Officer for the 565th Engineer Battalion (Provisional).
Turner’s professional and military education includes Airborne School, Topographic Operations Management Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Bradley Leader’s Course, and the Command and General Staff College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Civil Engineer from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster and the Combat Action Badge.