A new page for Turner

Former Navy CIO Dan Porter of Vredenburg Co. of Reston, Va., left, presents Turner with the citation for the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.

The retirement ceremonies last month for Navy deputy CIO Ron Turner touched on the variety of Turner's experience.

Navy CIO Dave Wennergren noted that Turner, a decorated veteran, flew helicopter combat missions in Vietnam, once cooked a pasta dinner on Martha's Vineyard for the singer James Taylor and has been a driving force behind the massive Navy-Marine Corps Intranet project.

Turner retired Jan. 31 after more than 29 years of uniformed and civilian service with the Navy.

Wennergren, speaking before 200 friends and well-wishers at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., praised Turner for his quiet determination and enthusiasm.

Turner received accolades from President Bush and acting Navy secretary Susan Morrisey Livingstone, who also sent him the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. Turner said he would take four months off for rest and relaxation before starting a new chapter in his life.

Turner, left, talks with Education Department CIO Craig Luigart, who, like Turner, was a Navy pilot.

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