Rear Admiral Carol 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 the USS Vulcan (AR 5), home-ported at Norfolk. She served as an assistant dental officer and subsequently as the division officer for the ship’s dental department. Rear Adm. Turner transferred to 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 1991, she transferred to the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., as a student in the College of Naval Warfare, where she completed a master of arts in national security and strategic studies. After graduation, Rear Adm. Turner reported to Marine Corps Air Station, 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, R.I.
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, Calif. in 1996. She served as Officer-in-Charge, Naval Healthcare Support Office, Norfolk. In July 2001 she assumed command of the National Naval Dental Center in Bethesda, Md. She has served as the Deputy Chief for Dental Operations then subsequently Health Care Operations for Navy Medicine at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington. In June 2005, she assumed duty as the Commander Naval Medical Education and Training Command, Bethesda, Md. She also served as Chief, Navy Dental Corps from November 2003 to August 2007. Rear Adm. Turner is presently serving as Commander, Navy Medicine Support Command, Jacksonville, Fla.
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. Turner’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (with three 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.