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.