Steven Turner Elevated to Brigadier General in Tennessee

Steven Turner was promoted to brigadier general in a Nashville ceremony.
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In a significant military ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Nashville, Steven Turner was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on March 3. The ceremony, which took place at 1 p.m. in the Hugh Mott building’s Hall of Flags, was presided over by Maj. Gen. Warner Ross, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.

Highlighting Turner’s exceptional leadership qualities, Ross stated, “Turner is an amazing leader and I know he will serve Tennessee well as its newest brigadier general. Very few officers reach positions at this level and there is no one more deserving and ready to lead the Tennessee Army National Guard.” Turner’s promotion comes after a rigorous selection process, including approval by a federal officer recognition board, confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and appointment by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.

Expressing his gratitude and humility, Turner acknowledged the support of his family and colleagues throughout his career, emphasizing the sacrifices made by his loved ones during his deployments and service commitments. The promotion ceremony was a family affair, with Turner’s wife Stacey and his daughters, Mollie and Anna, pinning his new rank. He also took the oath of office, administered by Maj. Gen. Jimmie Cole, Tennessee’s Deputy Adjutant General.

Turner’s military career spans nearly 35 years, beginning with his enlistment in the U.S. Army as a cavalry scout in 1989. After transitioning to the Tennessee Army National Guard, he has held numerous key positions across the state, including deployments to Iraq in 2005 and 2009. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in business administration and financial management from Northcentral University, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.

Originally from Clinton, Turner now resides in Oak Ridge with his wife and two daughters, continuing a distinguished career of service to both Tennessee and the nation.

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