Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Turton is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the Army on June 16, 1994, and began basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC. Turton completed Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Gordon, GA as a signal support systems specialist. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command as an Army recruiter in 2000.
Turton is a graduate of the following military education courses: Recruiting Pre-Command Course; United States Army Sergeants Major Course - Class 67; Recruiting First Sergeants and Company Commanders Course; Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course; Primary Leadership Development Course; Signal Support Systems Specialist Course; Total Army Instructor Training Course; Staff and Faulty/Developer/Writer Course; Support Cadre Training Course; Common Faculty Development Course – Developer; Senior Training & Education Managers Course; Station Commander Course; Army Recruiter Course; EO Representative Course; Master Resiliency Trainer Course; Combat Lifesaver Course.
Turton has a Bachelor of Science in electronic systems technologies & electronics management from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Education in instructional design & technology from Post University, and a Master of Science in human resources and organization development from the University of Louisville.
Turton has served in various locations throughout his Army career with assignments including 1/14 Field Artillery, Ft. Hood, TX; 92nd Military Police Company w/duty at Baumholder and Darmstadt Germany. While assigned to the 92nd MP Company, CSM Turton deployed in support of Operation Joint Endeavor to Bosnia & Herzegovina. HHC 1/10th Aviation, Ft. Drum, NY; 49th Quartermaster Group, Ft. Lee, VA; Nashville Recruiting Battalion w/duty at Hopkinsville, KY; Alpha Company, 369th Signal Battalion, Ft. Gordon, GA; Nashville Recruiting Battalion w/duty at Madison, TN; Bravo Company, Training Support Battalion, Recruiting & Retention School (RRS), Ft. Jackson, SC; Baltimore Recruiting Battalion, w/duty at Fredericksburg, VA; Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, w/duty at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ; Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, Oklahoma City, OK; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX; Recruiting & Retention College (RRC), Ft. Knox, KY; Syracuse Recruiting Battalion.
Turton's awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (7th Award); Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award); Army Achievement Medal (7th Award); Army Superior Unit Award (3rd); Army Good Conduct Medal (9th Award); National Defense Service Medal (2nd ); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 5); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon; NATO Medal; Drivers Badge (Wheel); Army Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Expert). CSM Turton's recruiting awards include the Basic Army Recruiter Badge, Gold Army Recruiter Badge w/sapphires, Recruiter Ring, and the Glen E. Morrell Award for Recruiting Excellence.