1 hr 9 min

Episode 12: Inspector Tim "Gunny" Turner (Ret.‪)‬ Under Reserve

    • Society & Culture

Tim “Gunny” Turner joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and by 1986 was a member of 2 Commando/Canadian Airborne Regiment. His time in the CAF included three years in the Patrol Pathfinder platoon, qualifying as a master sniper, time with the Sky Hawks parachute team, and tours in Cyprus, Croatia, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Sierra Leone.
Gunny retired from the regular force in 2008 at the rank of Master Warrant Officer, followed by a stint in the reserves.
Gunny pursued a second career with the Alberta Sheriffs, spending over eight years with the Executive Protection Unit (EPU) holding the ranks of 1st Regimental Sgt Major and Inspector. During his time with the Sheriffs Gunny worked for Premiers Redford, Hancock, Prentice, Notley and Kenney as well as Lt. Govs Norman Kwong, Col Don Ethell and Lois E. Mitchell.
 My conversation with Gunny offers listeners a peek inside the capabilities and operations of Alberta Sheriffs, and in particular its Executive Protection Unit.
 Under Reserve thanks Gunny for his time, and his service.
Show Notes:
2:15 – Gunny meets the Prince of Wales (Now King Charles III)6:35 – Wanted to be a paratrooper since age 128:05 – Composition of the Canadian Airborne Regiment9:50 – Focus of Canadian Airborne Regiment12:20 Canadian Airborne Regiment sea and land capabilities16:15- Disbanding of Airborne Regiment laid groundwork for modern era Canadian Special Operations17:55 – Sniper qualification and the Princess Patricia’s snipers23:40 – Close call in Afghanistan (’06)26:39 – Transition from regular force to reserves (’08)30:57 – Knowing it was time to get out33:00 – Looking at the Alberta Sheriffs35:00 – Alberta Sheriffs course38:54 – Day in the life of a sheriff in the Executive Protection Unit (EPU)41:10 – Favourite premier to work for43:55 – What goes on behind the scenes?47:25 – When bodyguards have to go hands-on50:00 – Role of the Advance Team52:45 – Local law enforcement love to help58:20- If you could do it over again1:01 – Reflections on CAF in Afghanistan1:05- Life post Sheriffs (2020)

Tim “Gunny” Turner joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and by 1986 was a member of 2 Commando/Canadian Airborne Regiment. His time in the CAF included three years in the Patrol Pathfinder platoon, qualifying as a master sniper, time with the Sky Hawks parachute team, and tours in Cyprus, Croatia, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Sierra Leone.
Gunny retired from the regular force in 2008 at the rank of Master Warrant Officer, followed by a stint in the reserves.
Gunny pursued a second career with the Alberta Sheriffs, spending over eight years with the Executive Protection Unit (EPU) holding the ranks of 1st Regimental Sgt Major and Inspector. During his time with the Sheriffs Gunny worked for Premiers Redford, Hancock, Prentice, Notley and Kenney as well as Lt. Govs Norman Kwong, Col Don Ethell and Lois E. Mitchell.
 My conversation with Gunny offers listeners a peek inside the capabilities and operations of Alberta Sheriffs, and in particular its Executive Protection Unit.
 Under Reserve thanks Gunny for his time, and his service.
Show Notes:
2:15 – Gunny meets the Prince of Wales (Now King Charles III)6:35 – Wanted to be a paratrooper since age 128:05 – Composition of the Canadian Airborne Regiment9:50 – Focus of Canadian Airborne Regiment12:20 Canadian Airborne Regiment sea and land capabilities16:15- Disbanding of Airborne Regiment laid groundwork for modern era Canadian Special Operations17:55 – Sniper qualification and the Princess Patricia’s snipers23:40 – Close call in Afghanistan (’06)26:39 – Transition from regular force to reserves (’08)30:57 – Knowing it was time to get out33:00 – Looking at the Alberta Sheriffs35:00 – Alberta Sheriffs course38:54 – Day in the life of a sheriff in the Executive Protection Unit (EPU)41:10 – Favourite premier to work for43:55 – What goes on behind the scenes?47:25 – When bodyguards have to go hands-on50:00 – Role of the Advance Team52:45 – Local law enforcement love to help58:20- If you could do it over again1:01 – Reflections on CAF in Afghanistan1:05- Life post Sheriffs (2020)

1 hr 9 min

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