COL Michael J. Turley


Colonel (COL) Michael J. Turley, representing the US Army National Guard from Utah, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the academic year 2016-2017 at the Hoover Institution.

COL Turley entered military service in 1985, as a United States Marine.  He served on active duty until 1995 when he transitioned into a civilian career and the Utah Army National Guard attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon commissioning as a Combat Engineer Officer in 1997: he has served as a Combat Engineer Platoon Leader (SAPPER), Combat Engineer Company Commander, OCS Company Commander, Recruiting Battalion Commander, Engineer Battalion Commander, and as a Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer.

COL Turley was employed by SmartTalk, Inc. (eventually President, General Manager) from 1995-2005 and McKesson, Corp as a Product Specialist from 2005 - 2007.  He returned to active duty as an AGR (Active Guard/Reserve) Soldier in 2007.

COL Turley has deployed to the western pacific (1989) USMC, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990 to 1991) USMC, Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom (2003 to 2004) US ARMY, Hurricane Katrina/Rita (2005) UTARNG, and Flooding in Colorado (2013) UTARNG.

COL Turley’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and numerous personal, campaign, and unit awards. He has a BS in Business from Chapman University in Orange, CA and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

He plans to do research in public policy with respect to the National Guard and domestic emergencies within Title 32 and Title 10 USC.

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