Command Sergeant Major Claudia L. Turner was born in Courtland, Alabama and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She began her military career in August 1984. She attended basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and advanced individual training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN.
Command Sergeant Major Turner served three years on active duty. She served as Legal Specialist for 125th Signal Battalion, Helemano Military Reservation, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
After leaving the active duty CSM Turner continued to serve in the Army Reserves, where she has held variety of positions. Her assignments include Administrative Specialist, 3397th U.S. Army Garrison, Chattanooga, Tennessee (mobilized for Desert Storm/Desert Shield at Fort Campbell, KY); Personnel Supervisor, 2369th Signal Detachment, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Senior Paralegal NCO, 81st Regional Support Command, Birmingham, Alabama; Chief Paralegal, 2125th Garrison Support Command, Decatur, Georgia (mobilized for Global War on Terrorism at Fort Bragg, NC); Command Paralegal for the 81st Regional Readiness Command, Birmingham, Alabama and Command Paralegal for the 12th and the 139th Legal Support Organizations (mobilized for Global War on Terrorism at Fort Stewart, GA).
CSM Turner’s military and civilian education include: Administrative Specialist Course, Primary Leadership Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course and the United States Army Sergeant’s Major Academy. CSM Turner earned a Master’s in Leadership at University of Texas at El Paso, a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Tennessee and Paralegal Certification from George Washington University.
CSM Turner’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal National with silver Oak Leaf Cluster; Defense Service Medal with bronze star; Global War Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hour glass, “M” device and Number Two; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Number Three; Army Service Ribbon; and Overseas Service Ribbon.
CSM Turner currently lives in Dacula, GA with her husband Sergeant Major Ira Turner and daughter Kaile’.