CMSgt (Ret) William “Bill” Turner retired from the USAF on 1 August 2016 after 30 years of service. Turner enlisted in the Air Force in July 1986, and began his career as an F-15 armament systems specialist with assignments to Minot AFB, ND, and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. In 1991, Turner retrained as an AC-130 gunship aerial gunner, and served seven (7) years in the 16th SOS and nine (9) years in the 4th SOS. Turner has an extensive operational background. He has deployed in support of numerous contingencies to include Bosnia-Herzegovina and Somalia. After 9/11, he deployed nine (9) times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He is a chief enlisted aviator with more than 3,400 flying hours on AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky aircraft, including more than 1,100 combat hours.
Turner served in numerous positions of responsibility to include the Operations Superintendent for the 4th Special Operations Squadron, Superintendent of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, command chief master sergeant for Cannon Air Force Base and the 27th Special Operations Wing, command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command, and in his final assignment, Turner served as the command senior enlisted leader of US Transportation Command.
Turner joined the ACA Board of Directors as an executive director in 2016 and has served on the ACA Hall of Fame committee for two years. He was elected as vice president on 7 December 2018.