Cmdr. Eric D. Turner is native to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a graduate of Saint Leo University, where he earned a degree in Accounting. He was a Naval Limited Duty Officer (6180) and later converted to Unrestricted Line Surface Warfare Officer (1110). In December 2016, he screened for Commander Command Afloat and was later slated to LCS Crew 121 (ST. Louis (LCS 19) Blue Crew).
Turner’s sea duty assignments include: Work Center Supervisor and Phalanx Close-In Weapons System aboard USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51), where he completed two deployments; Work Center Supervisor and Leading Petty Officer in Weapons Division aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20); Electronics Material Officer aboard USS Crommelin (FFG 37), during his time aboard the Crommelin the ship and her crew, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, seized a combined value of one billion dollars’ worth of narcotics during a 2004 deployment; Electronics Material Officer and Systems Test Officer aboard USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), where he deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibilities (AOR); Weapons Officer and Combat Systems Officer aboard USS Philippinne Sea (CG 58), where he completed two deployments to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AORs, participated in the burial-at-sea of Astronaut Neil Armstrong and was the Tactical Actions Officer for the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strikes on ISIS;
Ashore Turner has served as: Instructor for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System “C” School at Fleet Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck; at the Fleet Training Center Norfolk, where he was selected as an EEAP student, and completed his Associate of Arts with a 4.0; Instructor at the Fire Controlman Apprenticeship School and Admin Officer at the Service School Command, Great Lakes; J3C Interoperability at the U.S. Central Command, where he completed a nine-month individual augmentee billet; N6 at FFG Classron, where he served as the INSURV coordinator for all Mayport and Norfolk based Frigates; N554 at Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he was assigned Defense Support of Civil Authorities, Homeland Defense, and Pandemic and Emerging Infectious Diseases. During his time at COMPACFLT he coordinated and organized COMPACFLT's N-55 participation in Northwest Pacific Wargame, strengthened relations and war-fighting collaboration with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, 7th Fleet and Naval Forces Japan, proved the planning concept of "Task Force Homeland" working operationally as a COMPACFLT LNO to USARPAC during Vigilant Guard-15 and served on a nine-month IA to CTF-51, Bahrain, where he conducted multiple exercises as the N5; and as the N6 at Commander, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron 2.
Turner assumed responsibilities as the St. Louis’ Blue Crew Executive Officer, September 2019.