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LN1 (SW/AW) Raysa A. Turner
Legalman 1st Class Petty Officer

Legalman 1st Class Petty Officer Raysa A. Turner is a native of Dominican Republic. She enlisted in the United States Navy in March 1999 and completed recruit training in Great Lakes, Ill. She graduated Aviation Support Equipment Technician “A” school in Pensacola, Fla. in September 1999, followed by “C” school in Jacksonville.

Turner reported aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), homeported in Norfolk,Va., where she participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and completed a Mediterranean Cruise. She earned her Enlisted Air Warfare Specialist (EAWS) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) qualifications, and advanced to 3rd Class Petty Officer. Turner advanced to 2nd Class Petty Officer as she converted to the legalman (LN) rating. In 2002, she transferred to the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department in Norfolk, Va. In August 2003, Turner attended LN “A” school in Newport, R.I. Her next duty station was Trial Service Office East, Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., as a Court Reporter and Paralegal from October 2003 to November 2006, where she was selected as Sailor of the Quarter. Turner then transferred to USS Tarawa (LHA 1), homeported in San Diego, Calif. While aboard, she continued her education through the University of Phoenix and Excelsior College, and she earned her associate’s degree in Business from Excelsior College in December 2006. In August 2007, she transferred to the Region Legal Service Office Southwest, where she was the LPO and Court Reporter.

In April 2009, Turner transferred to Naval Hospital Jacksonville as an Independent Duty Legalman. She advanced to 1st Class Petty Officer and earned her Navy COOL certification in Homeland Security. She also participated in Joint Task Force, Haiti aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). Turner was selected as Sailor of the Quarter and nominated as Legalman of the Year for two years in a row. In September 2010, she was elected to attend Roger Williams University through the Legalman Paralegal Enhancement Program, and she earned her associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies in June 2012. In February 2012, she transferred to USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), where she conducted a hull swap with USS Essex (LHD 2) in Sasebo, Japan in April 2012. Turner is currently the Command Legalman and Departmental LPO. She attained her USMAP certification for Paralegal in September 2012 and was selected as 2013 USS Essex Enlisted Woman of the Year and Senior Sailor of the Quarter.

Turner’s personal awards and military decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), Armed Forces Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various service and unit awards.
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