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Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks: Piloting Air Force One with Colonel (retired) Scott Turner

Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 am:

Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks

Piloting Air Force One with Colonel (retired) Scott Turner

An assignment to pilot Air Force One gives a pilot many challenges.  Prior to his retirement in 2014, Colonel Scott M. Turner served as the Commander of the Presidential Airlift Group located at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.  He joined the Presidential unit in 1998 and served the Administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  Colonel Turner earned his commission through the United States Air Force Academy and entered active duty in 1986.  His assignments over his career focused on flying large Air Force airplanes.  At the time of his retirement, his 10,500 flight hours were the highest in the Active Duty Air Force.  Upon his retirement, President Obama awarded Col. Turner the Defense Superior Service Medal.  Other notable awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal.  Additionally, he was the 2000 recipient of the Airlift/Tanker Association’s General Robert E. “Dutch” Huyser Award, recognizing the pilot who has displayed sustained excellence in airmanship.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology as well as a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Sciences.  Col. Turner will talk about his experiences flying three Presidents, including the challenges he faced in safely transporting them to dangerous locations. Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.