Turner: Once a cavalryman, always a cavalryman!

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In June of 2009, John Turner walked into our SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) in Baghdad, Iraq, and I knew things were only going to get better.

To put that into context, I was a recently promoted captain, charged with the duties and responsibilities of the lethal targeting officer for the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment (5-4 CAV).

Our squadron was operating in a kinetic environment that was constantly changing due to the SOFA (status of forces agreement). This environment required the legal expertise that neither I, nor my fellow brethren-in-arms, possessed.

John Turner possessed this legal knowledge, not to mention all the knowledge and experience he had gained in his previous 12 months of combat service in Iraq. The day I met John we spent 20 straight hours together working on a prosecution book that subsequently served as the SOP (standard operating procedure) for our entire brigade.

That prosecution book was the first of many that followed in order to detain all key leaders of the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade, the largest RKG-3 network operating in Baghdad in ’08-’09.

As a combat veteran, I felt proud to have shared the tour of duty and uniform with John. You see, law enforcement professionals are the only civilians allowed to wear the ACU (Army combat uniform). John was not only mandated to wear the ACU, we would never have allowed him to wear anything else; he was our brother in arms. His uniform was standard issue from Fort Benning, home of the infantry!

With John’s top secret clearance, he was able to stand by my side on operational briefs, operational planning and the execution of the operations driven by the intelligence we collected.

By the time 5-4 CAV departed Iraq in October 2009, John and I had obtained the most warrants, arrests and convictions in the entire division. We had also uncovered the largest cache of weapons since the war had begun in 2003 due to the intelligence we obtained in the detention of the senior leader of the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade.

For my service I earned the Bronze Star medal, and John Turner earned the Big Red One combat patch, one of few law enforcement professionals to do so.

John Turner should be your obvious choice for sheriff.

If you have any questions on my merit, just search “Jerad Hall Army” and read the article from the Lawrence Journal-World (ljworld.com) for yourself.

Jerad Hall

Lawrence, Kan.

Comments

jubilado 10 months ago

Mr. Hall --Having read your confusing army jargon (CAJ) letter to the editor (LTTE-standard issue/one each) I am confused as to why John Turner studying labor law in LA dovetailed so well with interpreting the SOFA (see letter above). John Turner may have performed very well in the environment you were in and in the previous 12 months you mentioned. It would be interesting to know what his duties were during that time period and who was signing his paychecks. Some serious people question how much that experience transfers to Walla Walla County. Some serious people are convinced it does transfer. On August 5th we will see how all this shakes out between the incumbent sheriff and his two challengers. I must say that, personally, hearing someone speak fluent CAJ again was a downer.

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GeneandCassie 10 months ago

Searched the web, best I could do was these lynx:

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jun/06/lawrence_high_graduate_finds_niche_army/

http://archive.news.ku.edu/2006/may/22/officers.shtml

This election definitely has generated interest from all over the USA......

I might draw on the North Carolina (Mayberry) option for my vote..... Barney Fife.....

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WOW 10 months ago

Did Turner go to Basic training or OCS? If he did, I must have missed that somewhere.

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