Paul E. Turner Biography


I joined the Navy in May of 1966 and was sent to Hospital Corps School at Naval Hospital, San Diego and then was sent to Pharmacy school for another year. I spent the remaining portion of my four-year Navy tour as a Pharmacy Technician. During my Navy tour, I married Linda Long, my high school sweetheart from Goodland Kansas, on August 21, 1966.

I was discharged from the Navy in May of 1970 and joined the Colorado Air National Guard in September of 1970 as a traditional Pharmacy Technician and was hired as a full time Medical Technician in February 1971. I performed Emergency Medical Technician and Physical Exam Technician duties until 1981.

I then received a job as Aviation Electronics Technician on the government version of a Boeing 737 in 1981. I was promoted to Avionics Superintendent then was selected as Quality Assurance Superintendent and performed all types of inspections of the aircraft. I was privileged to fly all over the world from South America to Europe and from Alaska and Hawaii to Florida during my tenure with this organization until July 1997.

In July 1997 I was selected to run the Training and Education Department for the entire Colorado Air National Guard as the Base Education and Training Manager. During his time as the Base Education Training Manager, I was involved in the first ever in-residence, Airman Leadership School at Buckley. Corporate knowledge of training procedures for the Colorado Air National Guard in the system was lost, so he accepted the challenge and was noted for his road show, PowerPoint presentation explaining the Training and Education system. I administered the Community College of the Air Force degree program for the Colorado Air National Guard. I currently hold degrees in Nursing  Service, Aviation Technology, Education, and General Arts. 

I participated in numerous Community projects during my service. I was a CPR instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, Red Cross Volunteer, Alternative School program for Adams County, Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader for 7 years, Civil Air Patrol regional engineer at Lowry AFB, Founder of the Woodshire Neighborhood Association which had the bike path paved from Buckley Road on Colfax to Espana Street. I received the Lieutenant Governorís Volunteer award nomination in 1983. I was the volunteer Chairman of the Buckley Federal Credit Union serving for 24 years. I was a Deacon, Personnel Committee member, and Treasurer for the Chambers Road Baptist Church for the last fifteen years. In December 2009 I became a volunteer for the Wings over the Rockies Museum where I work on Colorado Air Heritage Museum and the Wings Aviation Museum Radio Station K0WAR. I am a Volunteer Radio Examiner for the FCC for Amateur and Commercial Licenses for the South Metro VE Team.

I am enjoying 47 years of marriage to my wife Linda.  We just traveled in April 2013 to San Diego for an Aliner Rally and enjoyed seeing our old one bedroom furnished apartment we rented for $59.00 a month now goes for $1200 a month and has not changed in 50 years.

My hobbies are O-guage trains, U.S. Stamp collecting, computers, ongoing construction projects, astronomy, photography,  woodworking, RVing, and playing with my eight grandkids here in the Denver area. I just started an old hobby, amateur radio and went from no license to Amateur Extra and my call sign is WGōV.

Currently I am retired after 34 years of government service and I just retired from RTD as a Bus driver for nine years in Denver on June 28, 2009.