Commanding General

Major General Michael D. Turello

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Commanding General Biograpghy

Major General Michael D. Turello serves as Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa.

Major General Turello was commissioned in 1983 as an Infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course. Following tours with 3rd Marine Regiment and Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, he joined the Mississippi National Guard and the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 1990.

Major General Turello served 10 years as a traditional Guardsman, mobilizing twice for Operations DESERT STORM and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. In 2000, he became a fulltime Title 10 Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) serving in a variety of special operations command and staff assignments most notable include: Senior National Guard Advisor, Headquarters, United States Army Special Operations (Airborne), Ft Bragg; and Commander, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) where he deployed as Commander of Special Operations Command and Control Element – Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. General Turello served as Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Ft Bragg and deployed as Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq. He later served as Deputy Commanding General, John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director, Partnering, Security Cooperation and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction – European Command Stuttgart, Germany.

His awards include multiple Joint, Service and Reserve Component decorations most notable are the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, United Nations Mission in Haiti Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, and Ranger Tab.

Major General Turello holds a Bachelor in Political Science from Millsaps College, Judicial Doctorate Degree from Mississippi College School of Law, and Master in Strategic Studies from National War College.

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