General Ronald B. Turk is the Chief of Staff, Maryland Air National Guard. He
directs the Air-Staff assigned to the Maryland Joint Force Headquarters in
providing higher headquarters support to over 1,500 authorized personnel. He is
responsible to the Assistant Adjutant General - Air and The Adjutant General
for ensuring that the units of the Maryland Air National Guard are organized,
trained and equipped to support federal and state missions. Additionally, he is
the principle advisor and primary advocate for strategic initiatives.
General Turk was commissioned as an Officer by the Air National Guard in 1991.
Prior to receiving his commission, he served as an enlisted member of the
United States Air Force on active duty, and later in the Air National Guard in
both Texas and New Jersey. Brigadier General Turk spent over twenty-five years
in the New Jersey Air National Guard, where he led the 108th Security Forces
Squadron through two wartime mobilizations covering nearly three years of
active duty service. He most recently served as the deployed commander for the
447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007-2008, and
has also led several state missions including a deployment to New Orleans in
response to Hurricane Katrina.