Sunday, April 07, 2013
SC State University alumnus, Maj. Gen. Abraham J. Turner has been hired as coordinator of Military and Veterans Affairs at SC State University. In this capacity, Maj. Gen. Turner will direct the university’s Military and Veterans Friendly Campus Initiative, an initiative geared towards establishing an organizational structure in order to recruit and retain veterans to SC State. He will also be responsible for ensuring that veterans take advantage of the funding from the GI Bill and develop cyber-security through the Veterans Center of Excellence in conjunction with International Business Machines (IBM), and the Division of Research, Economic Development and Public Service.
Committed to hard work, Maj. Gen. Turner is excited about his new role at SC State. “I am grateful and honored that interim president, Dr. Cynthia Warrick has asked me to lead our alma mater’s efforts to create a Veterans Service Center of Excellence. While we already have one of the finest Army ROTC Programs in the nation; it stands to reason that we should also establish and maintain one of the best Veterans Service Centers for veterans who have faithfully served our nation and are now turning to SC State University to further their quest for knowledge and professional development,” exclaimed Maj. Gen. Turner. Through the Veterans Center of Excellence the university will receive IBM software and curriculum guidance and website training that professors can download for educational use. With the software, IBM will approve on a university basis; through an assigned counselor, which will ultimately attract veterans to the university.
Most recently, Maj. Gen. Turner served on Governor Nikki Haley’s cabinet as the director of the Department of Employment and Workforce. He also served as the principal advisor to the commander and deputy commander of the United States Strategic Command. During his tenure, he directed the activities of the command staff by developing and implementing policies and procedures in support of the command’s missions. Maj. Gen. Turner also chairs numerous boards, oversees the command corporate process and serves as director of the commander’s staff.
Maj. Gen. Turner earned his commissioning into the Army as an infantry officer through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at SC State University. In 1976, he graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in music. While attending the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa.
Maj. Gen. Turner was also deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va. Other previous assignments include serving as commanding general for the U.S. Army Training Center in Fort Jackson, S.C.; assistant chief of staff, C-3, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait and assistant division commander (Operations), 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. He also served as the chief of the House Legislative Liaison Division, Washington, DC.
Maj. Gen. Turner's combat experiences include a combat jump into Panama during Operation Just Cause, a deployment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and most recently, deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Among his many awards and decorations, Turner has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merits with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.