Brigadier General C. David Turner became commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Atlantic Division on July 24, 2014. The South Atlantic Division is one of eight U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' regions providing engineering and construction services to the Nation. It is the regional business center in the southeast, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with district offices in Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.
As the South Atlantic Division Commander, General Turner oversees the planning, design, and construction of projects to support the military, protect America's water resources, and restore and enhance the environment within a 250,000 square mile area which includes all or part of eight southeastern states.
General Turner was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematical Sciences. In 2014 he was named a University of Central Missouri Distinguished Alumni. He also holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Wichita State University and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College. He is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow.
General Turner most recently commanded the South Pacific Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Previous assignments include Chief of Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, Afghanistan; Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District, Seoul, Korea; and three tours on the U.S. Army Staff as the G-1 Engineer, Assistant Executive Officer to the G-3, and Chief, Base Realignment and Closure Division - an $18B program and the largest transformation of the U.S. Army since WWII. He also served on the Joint Staff as Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, Emergency Action Officer, Global Nuclear Strike Advisor and Senior Operations Officer. General Turner has served in a variety of other command and staff assignments in the continental United States, Germany, Bosnia, and the Middle East. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Company, 1st Engineer Battalion (Mechanized). He also served as Liaison Officer and Assistant Operations Officer in the 1st Engineer Battalion. He served a combat tour as commander of the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis, Washington - with deployment to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and redeployment to Fort Lewis. He served as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Engineer Equipment Maintenance Officer, 79th Combat Engineer Battalion (Heavy), Karlsruhe, Germany; Battalion Executive Officer in the 40th Engineer Battalion (Mechanized), Baumholder, Germany; and Brigade Operations and Executive Officer, 1st Armored Division Engineer Brigade, Bad Kreuznach, Germany. General Turner deployed to Bosnia during his second tour in Germany and has also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District as a Project Engineer and Project Manager.
General Turner’s military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course; Armor Officer Advance Course; U.S. Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and the U.S. Army War College.
General Turner's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; three Legion of Merit Awards; the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device; two Bronze Star Medals; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; seven Meritorious Service Medals; the Joint Commendation Medal; two Army Commendation Medals; two Army Achievement Medals; two Valorous Unit Awards; the Bronze and Silver Orders of the de Fleury Medal; the 2009 Black Engineer of the Year for Professional Achievement in Government; and the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Stars and Stripes Army Awardee.