LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Turner's work ethic second to none

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I am a recently retired federal law enforcement special agent with over 33 years of public law enforcement experience. My assignments and responsibilities have included working uniform patrol, conducting criminal investigations and supervising criminal investigators, law enforcement trainers and law enforcement intelligence analysts.

I am writing this letter in support of John A. Turner, a man I am proud to call my friend. In 2009 I had the opportunity and great pleasure to work with John. During this time we both worked as counter-terrorism investigators and rule of law advisors for the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq. John worked for the 5th Combat Squadron of the 4th Cavalry Regiment, while I worked for the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division.

In our roles as investigators and consultants we provided advice and guidance to the U.S. Army on civilian law enforcement issues as the government of Iraq works to stand up its own rule of law. Together we investigated and prepared terrorist cases for prosecution in the Iraqi Court system, advised military judge advocates on investigative techniques, and provided liaison with the area crime labs all in an effort to make Iraq a safer place for our soldiers and its citizens. It was a great challenge and a tremendous experience.

It does not take long working seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day, under less than desirable conditions, to get to know someone and it did not take me long to realize John is a person of great integrity and honesty.

His work ethic is second to none and his courtroom presentations reflected this. He was always skilful and thorough, clearly demonstrating he took great care to prepare for each and every case.

I was not the only one to see these qualities and in only a few short months after his arrival, John was recognized and given an award by his battalion commander for his outstanding work. It was apparent John's experience at the LAPD and as a police attorney prepared him well for this opportunity to serve our country.

John demonstrated he is a "one-man crime-fighting machine" while securing arrest warrants for terrorists in western Baghdad. He did it in Baghdad; he can do it for his neighbors in Walla Walla.

J.W. "Bill" King, Jr.

Kensington, Md.

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