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Lieutenant Colonel Gregory E. Turner

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. Prior to that Lt. Col. Turner served as a battalion operations trainer at Fort Irwin’s National Training Center. Previously he was the Battalion Operations & Training Officer for the 40th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan and served as the Battalion Commander during the unit’s inactivation. Lt. Col. Turner was assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as an instructor and Deputy Branch Chief. He also led his Company in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lt. Col. Turner was 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 deployed to Baghdad where he served as a Battle Captain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Lt. Col. Turner was assigned to the 1st Cavalry

Division’s 20th Engineer Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the Training Officer. Lt. Col. Turner served as the Executive Officer for the 320th Engineer Company (Topographic) and the assistant Operations Officer for the 565th Engineer Battalion (Provisional) after he was assigned to Hanau Germany as the assistant Operations Officer for the 130th Engineer Brigade. Lt. Col. Turner served as a maintenance platoon leader to 94th Engineer Battalion, Vilseck, Germany, and he also was in charge of a heavy equipment platoon in a Combat Support Equipment Company.

Lt. Col. 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.