In Memoriam: Graham Hall Turbiville, Jr.

In Memoriam: Graham Hall Turbiville, Jr.

   * September 9, 1942 - April 24, 2012

 

Small Wars Journal and El Centro is saddened to announce the death of Graham H. Turbiville Jr.
 

Founding SWJ El Centro Fellow Graham H. Turbiville Jr. passed away on April 24, 2012.   Doctor Turbiville had served as the director, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He received a B.A. from Southern Illinois University, an M.A. From George Washington University and a Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He formerly served as chief of the Soviet/Warsaw Pact Strategic Operations Branch, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. Dr. Turbiville's work appeared in numerous military journals and books. He was the editor of The Voroshilov Lectures: Materials From the Soviet General Staff Academy, a multivolume series addressing a range of strategic, operational, and tactical issues, and was editor of the international journal, Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement.  His works on Mexico included "Mexico's Other Insurgents," published in May-June 1997 and  "US-Mexican Border Security: Civil-Military Cooperation," appeared in the July-August 1999 issues of Military Review.

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Graham was a very good friend with whom I had worked at Fort Leavenworth in the 1990s. With retired Colonel Bill Mendel we three kidded each other about our most excellent birth year of 1942. Graham and I did a number of seminars in Peru together on the subject of Sendero Luminoso and one in El Salvador on security issues. Graham was the founding editor of Low Intensity conflict & Law Enforcement and generously brought me in first as Book Reviews Editor and then as his successor. He was an incredibly generous colleague who brought many young scholar practitioners into the field. He will be missed.

RIP Dr. Turbiville, you will be missed. I had the opportunity to meet with Graham in the mid-1980's while I was working Afghanistan issues for USCENTCOM. He ensured all the resources and capabilities at FMSO, Ft. Leavenworth, were made available to us (Afghan Fusion Cell that worked directly for CENTCOM's CINC) and opened doors to a world of expertise resident in various US Army units and organizations that we would have otherwise missed or been denied. He was one of the shakers and movers who worked under the radar, and that is probably why he made such a huge contribution and difference in reference to our national defense capabilities.