NORFOLK, Va. – A West Monroe, Louisana, native and 2014 West Monroe High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the service’s newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Turner is an aviation ordnanceman aboard the carrier homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. As a Navy aviation ordnanceman, Turner is responsible for handling all weapons aboard ship such as bombs and rockets for the aircraft. He builds, stores and loads them on the aircraft.
Turner credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in West Monroe.