Turney’s service began in 1972 when he joined the Navy as an authorized Photographic Intelligence Technician. He was relieved of duty in 1976 and afterward enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1979, retiring in 2003. Turney subsequently spent another seven years on the AFSOC/A5R staff as a civil servant (GS-12), working in squadrons, wings, and commands.
Among his many achievements, he received the Air Force Distinguished Graduate Award in the Army’s primary helicopter training school at Fort Rucker. His initial duty was to help the Department of Energy develop and test top-secret weapons at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site.
He would later become known as a top pilot with the MH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. He is credited with developing squadron tactics, techniques and the initial qualification course for the bird.
He would also become the first special mission planner for the 1st Special Operations Wing, chief CSAR planner for Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm, and a Combat Aviation Advisor.