Turberville represents military in new class

Published 8:52 pm Friday, March 22, 2013

Note: This is the first in a series of stories individually highlighting the six men chosen as inductees into the 2013 class of the Atmore Area Hall of Fame.

When the newest class to be announced for induction into the Atmore Area Hall of Fame take the stage in May, Atmore native Greg Turberville will be the lone recipient to have been selected from the United States military.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Turberville, who is currently stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky. where he serves as the 101st Airborne Division Aviation Standardization Officer, has served his country since joining the U.S. Army in 1984.

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Since that time he has been honored with numerous awards including: Combat Action Badge; Master Army Aviator Wings; Air Assault Badge; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism; Korea Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Saudi Arabia Kuwait Liberation Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal. Turberville has also received the Joint Meritorious Award, Army Meritorious Unit Award, Army Supervisor Unit Award, Order of St. Michael (Bronze) Army Aviation Association of America and the Egyptian Air Force Aviator Badge.

Despite his long list of awards, Turberville said it is the people and the communities they make up that he is most thankful for.

“The true biography of my life must be categorized as an emotional pride in the who, what, where that made me who I am,” Turberville said. “I’m most proud of the family and community that raised me, inspired me and continues to support me to be who I am.”

And who Turberville is a highly-decorated soldier, something he says he is proud to be.

“I take pride in what I get to do to earn a living,” he said. “Daily I’m impressed and inspired by dedicated soldiers and modern day heroes who take patriotism and service not as a job, but as a way of life.”

Turberville, who grew up in Atmore, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a boy scout, graduated from Escambia County High School in 1979 and said he is proud to call the city his home.

“I’m so proud to call Atmore Alabama home,” he said. “Honored to be part of the U.S. Army and Screaming Eagle Division and to live I the greatest nation in the history of mankind.”

Turberville went on to graduate from Jefferson Davis Jr. College, Atmore State Technical College and Troy State University before joining the military. Currently living in Clarksville, Tenn. with his wife, Kelly and daughter Erin, a student at Belmont University, Turberville attends Hilldale Baptist Church, but retains a membership at Bethel United Methodist Church in Atmore.

He is a founding member of the Earthmaster Antique Tractor Research Team, a panel member of the Order of St. Michael Award Selection Committee, a member of the Possom Trot Blacksmith Forge, as well as a contributor to numerous special interests and antique automotive groups. Turberville is also the author of several published professional periodicals.

His tours of duty include Desert Shield and Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and numerous temporary tours including Operation New Dawn.

Despite his many awards, achievements and years of service, Turberville is still humbly grateful.

“I’ve been a pretty fortunate kid,” he said. I’m thankful to God for his grace and grateful to all.”