CDR Keith T. Turner graduated form the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in May 2004.
CDR Turner’s first sea tour coincided with the Atlantic Fleet DDG crew swap initiative, which provided him the opportunity to serve aboard three vessels. His assignments included first lieutenant aboard USS Laboon (DDG 58) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), as well as main propulsion division officer aboard USS Gonzalez and USS Stout (DDG 55). He received his surface warfare officer pin aboard USS Gonzalez in April 2005. CDR Turner remained aboard USS Stout for his second division officer tour, fleeting-up as navigator. During his division officer tours, CDR Turner deployed twice to the C6F/C5F AORs in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
CDR Turner spent his first shore assignment attached to Afloat Training Group Atlantic as part of Engineering Assessments Atlantic. His duties included conducting engineering training and assessments aboard Atlantic Fleet conventionally powered vessels. He completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I as well as a Master of Arts degree in diplomacy from Norwich University while assigned to ATG. In addition, CDR Turner served as flag aide to RADM Johnson and RADM Prindle at the Naval Safety Center.
CDR Turner reported to USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) in July of 2012 as the weapons officer and assumed duties as the combat systems officer in July of 2014. While aboard Bulkeley, CDR Turner completed a 10-month deployment to the C6F/C5F AORs in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his department head tours, he reported to Navy Warfare Development Command’s experimentation directorate in June of 2015. While at NWDC, CDR Turner planned and executed electromagnetic maneuver warfare (EMW) focused war games and at-sea evolutions in support of the USFF/CPF annual fleet experimentation plan.
CDR Turner returned to sea in June of 2017, reporting to Carrier Strike Group Two as the strike officer while deployed to the C6F in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Following his selection for Executive Officer Afloat in December of 2017, CDR Turner completed a successful executive officer tour aboard USS Truxtun (DDG 103) from June of 2018 to Dec 2019. In December of 2019, CDR Turner was selected for Commanding Officer Afloat and reported to Afloat Training Group Norfolk in February of 2020 where he served as the director of training.
CDR Turner’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (7 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service, campaign, and unit decorations.