LTC James Turner
Commander, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Drum, New York
LTC James Turner was commissioned from the Citadel in 1996. He attended the Transportation Officer Basic Course followed by his first duty assignment to the 21st Transportation Company, as a Platoon Leader, in Yongsan, Korea.
His next assignment took him to 82nd Airborne Division where he served as the Assistant Division Transportation Officer and Battalion S-4 to 82nd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd BCT.
In May of 2000, LTC Turner attended the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course and CAS3. Upon completion, he was assigned to Fort Drum, New York, to the 10th Forward Support Battalion, 1st BCT as the Battalion S-3 for 15 months. Here, he deployed in support of Operation Joint Guardian (KFOR3B). Upon return, he took command of the 57th Transportation Company, 548th Combat Support Battalion. He commanded for over 2 years and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
LTC Turner was then assigned to First Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia from 2004-2006. He served as the Chief of Deployments on the First Army Staff. During that time, he supported the disaster relief and disaster response efforts of Hurricane Katrina.
In July of 2006, LTC Turner attended Intermediate Level Education (ILE) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation from ILE, he was selected to serve as the Division Transportation Officer (DTO), 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). He served as the DTO during the Division’s simultaneous deployment in support of OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Upon return from deployment to OEF, he was assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer to the 106th Transportation Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.
Following his deployment, LTC Turner was assigned to Human Resources Command as a Logistics Field Grade Assignments Officer. He served in this position for 24 months before moving over to the Strategic Initiatives Group followed by his last duty position as the Executive Officer to the Director, Officer Personnel Management Directorate.