Regimental Division,
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Mr. John R. Turns (2008)

Mr. John R. Turns is posthumously inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment for outstanding service to our nation during a career spanning 52 years of Federal service. Mr. Turns enlisted in the Army as a communications specialist in 1954.  He attained the rank of first sergeant prior to his retirement in 1970 when he joined Civil Service at Fort Gordon. He assumed his last position as Chief of Professional Development, 442nd Signal Battalion in 1987.  Through numerous changes and organizational restructures, Mr. Turns never lost sight of his mission - training the newly commissioned officers of the Signal Regiment. He directly impacted the lives and careers of over ten thousand Signal Lieutenants and one thousand international officers from 54 countries. He was a compassionate leader when a student had a personal crisis, but the standard bearer when one failed to meet course standards. He took a tremendous amount of pride in the accomplishments of his students and many remained in contact throughout their careers. He embodied the Army values and lived them long before they were articulated by Army leadership. His many years and contributions to our Regiment solidify him as one of our distinguished members.  



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