Military Bios

Rear Admiral Carol I. Turner:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Dental Corps Chief of the Navy Dental Corps Deputy Chief, Health Care Operations Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
Rear Admiral Turner graduated, with distinction, from both Purdue University and Indiana University School of Dentistry (1975). Upon completion of dental school, she practiced in Jacksonville, N.C., until 1977. In September of that year, she was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Navy Dental Corps. Her first duty assignment was at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C. In May 1979, she was transferred to USS Vulcan home-ported at Norfolk, Va. She served as an assistant dental officer and subsequently as the division officer for the shipís dental department. Rear Adm. Turner transferred to the Naval Dental Center Norfolk in June 1981.
In 1984, she was selected for training and assigned to Naval Postgraduate Dental School Bethesda, Md., where she completed a residency program in advanced clinical dentistry and the requirements for a master of arts in oral biology. Her next assignment was as Officer-In-Charge of Branch Dental Clinic, Bermuda. Rear Adm. Turner began a tour as a staff officer under the Chief, Navy Dental Corps, in 1988. During her tour at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, she served as Head of Manpower Resources and subsequently Head of the Logistics Division. In July of 1991, she transferred to the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., as a student in the College of Naval Warfare. There she completed a master of arts in national security and strategic studies. After graduation, Rear Adm. Turner reported to MCAS, Cherry Point, N.C., as the Commanding Officer of 12th Dental Company, 2nd Dental Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group. In 1994, she assumed duties as the Executive Officer of Naval Dental Center Newport.
Rear Adm. Turner next reported as Commanding Officer of the combined command 1st Dental Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group/Naval Dental Center, Camp Pendleton in 1996. She subsequently served as Officer-in-Charge, Naval Healthcare Support Office, Norfolk. In July 2001 she assumed command of the National Naval Dental Center in Bethesda and is presently serving as Chief of the Navy Dental Corps and Deputy Chief, Health Care Operations, at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
Rear Adm. Turner maintains membership in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is a Fellow in both the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.
Rear Adm. Turnerís personal awards include the Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Updated: 18 January 2005


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