Brigadier General Sue Ellen Turner '73 BSN retired from the Air Force almost 18 years ago but that hasn’t kept her from being an active community leader for numerous organizations in San Antonio. She is currently using her time to help serve the non-profit industry. Her involvement includes board governance for The Opera San Antonio, the San Antonio Area Foundation as well as San Antonio Federal Credit Union. For each of these great organizations, she offers her considerable experience to help effectively govern and steer these organizations in directions that match their mission, vision and core values and help continue to provide needed infrastructure, policies and procedures.
Two of her more interesting jobs in retirement have included serving on the BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment Commission) as well as serving on the American Battle Monuments Commission which assisted with the process of building the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. While serving on the American Battle Monuments Commission, she was one of a few committee members responsible for visiting and helping to maintain American cemeteries in foreign countries.
Recently on Veteran’s Day, General Turner was invited back to speak to alumni and student veterans about her experiences and her thoughts on serving in the military and giving back. Much of her advice for veterans was to encourage them to teach what they know to younger people willing to listen and to share their knowledge, skills and expertise with non-profits that satisfy their passions and volunteerism. General Turner also spoke of Sr. Mary Louise Mueller who inspired her how to teach others and get them to a point of self-discovery. Learning how to engage others in this way has been one of the most important lessons of her time at UIW and it has obviously served her well throughout her military and civilian career.