Sergeant Major (ret.) Turner McGarity
Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers
Turner N. McGarity retired as a sergeant major from the U.S. Army in 1991, after more than 25 years of service. He went on to serve as assistant commandant of the Corps of Cadets, Texas Military Institute, from 1993 until 2009.
A San Antonio native, McGarity graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1964 and returned to settle in his hometown following his military career. In addition to his work with the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers, he is an active member of Friendship Baptist Church. He also has been officiating basketball and football games with UIL and the TASO Officials Chapter for 25 years.
He holds an associates degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas-San Antonio.
MILITARY EDUCATION: 8TH INF. DIV. NCO ACADEMY, 1966
USA POSTAL SCHOOL, 1967
USA I.G. SCHOOL, 1983
US ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY, 1986
NOV. 65-JAN.66 BASIC TRAINING FT. POLK,LA.
JAN. 66- APR.66 AIT FT. JACKSON, S.C.
APR. 66- OCT. 67 A CO/87TH INF (MECH)
NOV. 67- JAN. 68 POSTAL SCHOOL FT. BEN. HARRISON, IN.
JAN. 68- JUL. 69 502ND ADMIN. CO. 2AD, FT HOOD, TX. (POSTAL)
JUL. 69- NOV. 69 HHC MTC, FT SAM HOUSTON, TX
DEC. 69- OCT. 70 VIET NAM
NOV. 70 – FEB. 72 HHC MTC, FT SAM HOUSTON, TX
FEB.72- JAN 75 228TH POSTAL, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
FEB. 75- JUN. 81 1ST CAV. DIV
JUN. 81 – OCT 83 111TH POSTAL DET. BREMERHAVEN, GERMANY
NOV. 83- NOV. 90 HQ 5TH US ARMY , FT SAM HOUSTON, TX
LEGION OF MERIT,
MERITORIOUS SERVICE (1OLC),
ARMY COMMENDATION (3 OLC),
ARMY GOOD CONDUCT (7TH),
NCO PDR (4),
OVERSEAS MEDAL (2),
ARMY SERVICE MEDAL,
EXPERT INFANTRY RIFLE