Lieutenant Commander Mark J. Turner
Executive Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego
LCDR Mark Turner is a native of Castro Valley, CA. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and became a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in 2008. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master of science in Information Technology Management from TUI, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.
LCDR Turner’s first assignment was Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas. While at NIOC Texas, his positions included Senior Operations Officer and Division Officer, supporting cryptologic operations in the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility (AOR). From 2009 to 2010, he deployed to Basrah, Iraq, as the Cryptologic Support Team 16 Officer-in-Charge, providing critical signals intelligence support to various combat operations throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Departing NIOC Texas in 2011, he reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as the Ship Information Warfare Officer and the Electronic Warfare Officer. As the SIWO/EWO, he supported combat operations in the Horn of Africa and national cryptologic operations within the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet AORs.
In 2013, LCDR Turner attended the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where he earned an M.S. degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation from NPS in 2014, he reported to NIOC Maryland where he served as a Deputy Division Chief in the National Security Agency’s Data Acquisitions and as a Mission Commander serving Navy Cyber Unit 34.
In 2016, he joined Joint Special Operations Command as the Joint SIGINT Targeting and Exploitation Troop Commander. While at JSOC, he served as both the JSTET and Joint PAI Troop Commander within the Joint Targets Squadron. Additionally, he deployed multiple times in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force combat operations in both Iraq and Syria.
In July 2019, he reported to NAVCOMTELSTA San Diego as the Executive Officer.
LCDR Turner’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Joint Commendation Service Medal with “C” Device, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and various other unit and service medals. He is qualified as an Information Warfare Officer and Naval Parachutist.
LCDR Turner lives with his wife Jennifer, mother Carol, and daughter Francesca.