We are proud of the service and sacrifice of each Navy Mutual member. While we cannot share every story, as it is Women’s History Month, we are honored to share the story of Rear Admiral Carol I. Turner.

A dedicated naval officer, health care professional and leader, RADM Turner’s background and illustrious career is an outstanding beacon for us all. Graduating with distinction from both Purdue University and Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1975, she practiced in the private sector for two years until she felt called to an even higher level of service. In 1977, then-Lieutenant Turner was commissioned and began her Navy career at Camp Lejeune.

Other highlights include completing an advanced clinical dentistry residency program at Postgraduate Dental School, Bethesda, Md.; a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies form the Naval War College, in Newport, R.I.; and several leadership roles including Chief, Navy Dental Corps in November 2003–the first female to ever hold this position.

Carol Turner’s life is best summed up in her favorite quote by George Bernard Shaw:

“Life is no brief candle to me…
It is a splendid torch which I have hold of for the moment…
And I want it to burn as brightly as possible…
Before passing it on to future generations…”

May we all live our lives the same way, and thank you–RADM Turner, for your shining example.