(March 27, 2012)
I am writing today to say farewell to Carole Turner, Deputy Executive Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services, as she prepares to retire at the end of this week.
As many of you know, Carole has been serving for most of her life. First, stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ, she served as 1Lt in the U.S Air Force Nurse Corps. She then went on to pursue advanced degrees in nursing, eventually becoming a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, which has served her throughout her career with the VA Health Administration. She eventually reached the position of National Director, Women Veterans Health Program, which she held from 1999 to 2007.
Of course, we all know Carole from her career after 2007, when she was appointed to serve the veterans of Nevada as the NOVS Deputy Executive Director. During her tenure, she oversaw statewide operations for the Agency, and particularly operations in Clark County, which is home to the largest population of veterans and most of the NOVS employees in the state. While in this role, it was her administrative expertise that led to her successful leadership of the organization. However, it was her passion for serving, and more specifically, for serving veterans, that led to her legacy within Nevada’s veteran community.
During her tenure, Carole led statewide efforts to recognize women veterans for their service and to educate them on the benefits that they have earned. She did this voluntarily, stepping up to serve as the NOVS women veteran coordinator when a full time position could not be established. She wrote quarterly newsletters, she chaired the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinator Outreach, Research and Education Committee, and she effectively advocated on behalf of this community at every turn. Perhaps the cornerstone of her legacy, though, will be the Nevada Women Veterans Summit, which she initiated and has grown for each of the last five years.
Although she has shown extraordinary leadership in the area of women veterans, Carole has proved to be dedicated to every veteran of the state no matter who they are or where they live. She has gone above and beyond in every way to ensure that everyone who is eligible for opportunities or benefits receives them, and she has done so with dignity and grace. She will always be appreciated and remembered for her efforts to Serve America’s Heroes.
Carole will be remembered fondly by those of us who know her well and who know what legacy she leaves behind as she embarks upon the next chapter of her life. As I have said as often as I can, she has been a friend, a mentor, and a rock-solid supporter to me over the last 18 months that I have been with the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. If you see her around this week, please be sure to say thank you and farewell to one of the best there is.
Governor Sandoval will be announcing her replacement in the coming weeks.
Thanks for all that you do every day to support our mission.
Caleb S. Cage