Task Force Southwest Commander

Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner (USA)

Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1984. While serving in the reserves, he attended the University of Maryland. After commissioning, he attended The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course. He then joined 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in 1990, serving as a rifle platoon commander, 81mm mortar platoon commander, and Kilo Company commander. During this tour, he participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Sea Angel in Bangladesh.

Turner's other operational assignments include: Commanding officer, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, where he deployed to the Western Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC) from 1997 to 1998; Operations officer, 5th Marine Regiment, from 1998 to 2000; Current operations officer, 1st Marine Division, during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005; Commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, from April 2005 to December 2007, during which time the battalion deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the city of Ramadi, Iraq; Deputy division chief, J-35, JODCENT, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. from 2009 to 2011; And, commanding officer, 5th Marine Regiment, from 2011 to 2013, during which time the regiment deployed to Afghanistan from August 2011 to August 2012, conducting combat operations in southern Helmand province in the Marjah, Nawa, Garmsir, and Khan-Neshin districts.

His service outside the operating forces includes duty as a tactics instructor at The Basic School from 1993 to 1994 and as an instructor at Infantry Officers Course from 1994 through 1996. From 2001 to 2004, he commanded Marine Corps Recruiting Station Sacramento, Calif. Turner also served as the military secretary to the commandant of the Marine Corps from July 2013 to October 2014. He was selected for brigadier general in 2015 and assigned to the position of director, Capabilities Development Directorate, Combat Development and Integration.

His professional military education includes The Basic School, the Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Masters in Military Arts and Science), the Naval War College (Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies), and the United Kingdom's Higher Command and Staff Course. He is the recipient of the Infantry Officer's Course Wheeler Award and the General Hogaboom Leadership writing award. Turner's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (2), the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device (2), the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon (2).

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