Colonel George C. Turner
White Sands Missile Range Commander

Colonel George C. Turner, Jr. is the 38th Commander, White Sands Missile Range and Deputy Commander for Developmental Testing, US Army Test and Evaluation Command. He assumed duties in November 2023.

In this position, Colonel Turner leads developmental testing and evaluation efforts at echelon in order to enable modernization and innovation priorities for Army 2030 and Army 2040. He provides oversight for the Army’s six premier testing commands: Aberdeen Test Center, Maryland; Dugway Proving Ground, Utah; Electronic Proving Ground, Arizona; Redstone Test Center, Alabama; White Sands Test Center, New Mexico; and, Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

Colonel Turner most recently served as the Chief of Staff for G-3/5/7 Force Management, Headquarters, Department of the Army in Washington, District of Columbia. Prior to this position, he served as the Programs Division Chief for G-3/5/7 Force Management, Headquarters, Department of the Army in Washington, District of Columbia. Prior to that position, he was the Ministerial Advisory Group – Defense, Chief of Staff in Kabul, Afghanistan.

He has served in a variety of Armor and Force Management assignments. These assignments include 1-37 Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, later re-flagged to 1-63 Armor, 1st Infantry Division in Vilseck, Germany; 2-72 Armor, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Korea; G-3 Force Management, US Army Central Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia; G-3 Force Management, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia; G-8 Force Development, Headquarters, Department of the Army in Washington, District of Columbia; and, G-3 Force Management, US Army Pacific Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

Colonel Turner’s deployments include OPERATION ABLE SENTRY in Macedonia; OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq; OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan; and, OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL in Afghanistan.

Colonel Turner was commissioned as an Armor Second Lieutenant. When he was promoted to Major, he was selected as a Functional Area 50 Force Manager.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary, Virginia; a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia; and, a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Pennsylvania.

Colonel Turner’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Parachutist Badge.