Captain Mark Turner, a native of Greenwich, Connecticut, resides in Newport, Rhode Island. A 30+ year Navy Veteran, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1988. A graduate of Marquette University, Averett College, U.S. Naval War College, he was designated a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellow upon completion of the Seminar XXI program.
Operationally, he commanded Maritime Patrol Squadron-45, and held major command as Maritime Patrol & Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN Air Wing Commander. An award winning global organizational leader, he is widely considered a key strategic player regularly called upon by stakeholders to provide thought leadership in the creation, development, and implementation of mission-critical initiatives with global implications. Recognized as adept at leveraging effective communication to lead teams that promote internal and external business relationships and strengthen customer confidence.
Captain Turner’s ashore assignments has given him first-hand experience in the Planning, Programing, Budget and Execution (PPBE) process that supports the Defense Acquisition System, twice hand-selected to initiate/create separate ACAT1D programs valued at over $30B. Additional tours of duty included Executive Assistant to the Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate in addition to development of critical Department of Defense initiative including: Information Operations Roadmap, Defense Planning Guidance, Computer Network Operations Capstone Requirements Document, Revised CJCS Instructions, and Electronic Warfare Roadmap; Training and Professional Development; Manpower management.
For his final tour of duty Captain Turner served as Director, Naval Staff College, U.S. Naval War College. Led a world-class graduate-level institution preparing students, from over 75 nations, to lead international military and governmental operations. Additionally, he assisted in synchronization of federal and local agencies supporting International Sea Power Symposium as 170+ global leaders from 113 nations traveled to Newport to create and solidify solutions within a global network of maritime nations.
Turner has earned various personal, unit, service and campaign awards. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.