Colonel Steven Turner serves as the Land Component Commander since November 2023. Before assuming his current role, Colonel Turner served as the Chief of Staff, Army.
Colonel Turner enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989, as a Cavalry Scout where he served with the 10th U.S. Cavalry, 194th Armor Brigade. After he left the Army, Colonel Turner returned home to East Tennessee and joined the 278th ACR. In 1997, he graduated from the University of Tennessee and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1998. With the majority of his 34 year career being served at the operational level, Colonel Turner has commanded at Brigade, Battalion and Company level, and served on Joint Forces Headquarters, Tennessee staff. Other assignments include Regimental Executive Officer, Regimental Logistics Officer, Regimental Chief of Operations, Chief of Plans, Squadron Operations Officer and Reconnaissance Troop Commander. He served and trained in numerous Countries and deployed to Iraq twice; in 2005 and 2009.
Colonel Turner earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1997, a Masters of Business Administration from Northcentral University in 2007, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2020. His military education includes: Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Captain’s Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Support Operations Course and the US Army War College.
Colonel Turner’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Combat Action Badge, the Order of Saint George, and the Order of Saint Maurice.