Today, Commander Suzanne T. Hubner will be relieved by Commander Mark J. Turner as Commanding Officer, Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY FIVE. Commander Turner’s biography follows:
CDR Mark J. Turner, USN
Cryptologic Warfare Activity SIXTY FIVE
CDR Mark Turner is a native of Castro Valley, CA. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 and became a Cryptologic Warfare Officer in 2008. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the US Naval Academy, a M.S. in Information Technology Management from TUI, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.
CDR Turner’s first assignment was Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas. While at NIOC Texas, his positions included Senior Operations Officer and A&P Division Officer. From 2009 to 2010, he deployed to Basrah, Iraq as the Cryptologic Support Team 16 Officer-in-Charge.
Departing Texas in 2011, he reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as the Ship Information Warfare Officer and the Electronic Warfare Officer. As the SIWO/EWO, he supported combat and national cryptologic operations within the 3rd, 5th, and 7th Fleet AORs. He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) from 2013 to 2014. In 2014, he reported to NIOC Maryland, where he served as a Deputy Division Chief in NSA’s Data Acquisitions and as a Mission Commander serving Navy Cyber Unit 22.
In 2016, he joined Joint Special Operations Command as the Joint SIGINT Targeting and Exploitation Troop Commander. While at JSOC, he served as both the JSTET and Joint PAI Troop Commander within the Joint Targets Squadron. Additionally, he deployed multiple times in support of Joint Special Operations Task Force combat operations in both Iraq and Syria. In 2019, he reported to NCTS San Diego as the Executive Officer and Deputy Commander of Task Force 1010.3.2.
In 2021, CDR Turner served as the Integrated Fires Officer and the Deputy Information Warfare Commander on Carrier Task Force 70. During his time at CTF 70, he completed two great power competition deployments in which he led efforts to apply multiple aspects of information warfare across various warfighting disciplines.
CDR Turner’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Joint Commendation Service Medal with “C” Device, the Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and various other unit and service medals. He is qualified as an Information Warfare Officer and Naval Parachutist.
CDR Turner is married and he and his wife have a daughter and son.