Winston Turner was a Confederation officer, the eldest son of an American family. One of his ancestors fought as Squadron Leader, Torpedo Eight at the Battle of Midway. He was a pipe smoker.
He grew up in the East Coast and as was felt necessary, he enlisted to the Confederation Service Academy. He was roommate with Spencer Banbridge, 6 years his senior. Schneid would call him to his office many times scolding him about his grades in Naval History 101. In reality he was always the "brains" and would care tutoring his colleagues rather than studying.
He and Skip graduated in 2604. They remained friends in the following 30 years of service. Turner led the 30 men and women in Marine Commando Six. In an occasion, Sergeant Ulandi had saved his and Skip's lives. The mission was fateful and he was one of the few survivors. Both he and Skip were secretly awarded the Fleet Cross.
Although Turner was decorated for saving the planet from the terrorist attack, he could not cope with the loss of those under his command; he asked for reassignment at the Academy and never led a combat unit since. Turner became a Professor and took Schneid's office where he kept a collection of old books and 2-dimentional prints. One of his hobbies was practicing marksmanship with antique powder weapons every weekend.
By 2634 he held the rank of Commander and had written several historical papers which interested the Confed Fleet. In one of his newest he compared historical conditions of military tension with the contemporary ones, predicting a war with the Kilrathi. When Bandbridge saw it he put it among the classified.
Concerning the Kilrathi crisis, Bandbridge needed Turner for a secret assignment. He gave him grade three A security clearance to Fleet Intel. He met him during the Academy graduation ceremony and talked about the old days in Turner's office. For that summer he planned for a research leave, but after studying the memory cube with Joshua Speedwell's report, he agreed to do some field work for Skip. He was assigned with Lt. Vance Richards and Ens. Geoffrey Tolwyn whom he met some days later in Johnson Island.
The trio went to Hell Hole, the capital of the Landreich, where Turner had arranged a meeting with a pilot, Meyer. Turner posed as a smuggler of Gotherian glasswork who wished to enter the Empire of Kilrah territory. Turner knew Kruger's talents and recent engagement with the Kilrathi in the Hallin system and had confidence in him. Plus, he was young and inexperienced, and a safe choice compared to veteran smugglers who had a grudge against the Confed Fleet. While leaving, Turner noticed a Sarn hitman who was after the pilot, and shot him with a small blaster from his pocket, surprising his two young officers, who didn't imagine their old professor was lethals.