NEWS | June 23, 2017

Charleston Reservist earns spot at World triathlon championships

By Michael Dukes 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Maj. Jamie Turner’s passion is flying jets, both in as a Reservist in the 317th Airlift Squadron flying C-17 Globemaster IIs, and as a FedEx pilot as a civilian. But there is something else she is equally passionate about –competing in triathlons.

Turner was among the six athletes selected to represent the United States at the 19th Annual CISM World Military Championship August 2017 in Warendorf, Germany. The competition, sponsored by the Conseil International du Sports Militaire, is held every four years, in the spirit of the Olympics.

“I am very honored and excited that I am able to represent the US military at CISM in such an amazing event,” said Turner. “This is a great opportunity to work with other militaries, which will build on my physical, mental fitness and broaden my military skills.”

Turner first competed for the Air Force at the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and has raced in the Armed Force Triathlon Chapionship every year since.

“I did qualify for CISM and race for the U.S.A. in Korea in 2015. After that race I took a break from triathlons and raced for the U.S.A. at Milcomp in Madrid (military pentathlon) and started training for triathlon again this April,” Turner said.

Most recently, Turner competed at the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship, June 10, in Point Mugu, California. She finished 2nd in the Air Force, 5th overall and 2nd in the Masters category (over 35-years-old category). The Air Force women’s team took home the gold medal, and the men took silver.

“I am extremely proud to represent our nation and compete at the CISM Military World Games. Armed Forces Sports allows me the opportunity to represent Triathlon and serve my country doing what I love,” Turner added.

Turner has flown C-17s in the 317th AS since 2006.

Founded Feb. 18, 1948 in Nice, France, CISM is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. CISM organizes various sporting events for the armed forces of its 134 member countries and is one of the global sports organizations in which the largest number of disciplines is represented. Soldiers, who may previously have met on the battlefield, now meet in friendship on the sports playing field. This is in accordance with the philosophy and the ideals which were set in CISM’s mission statement in 1998, signed by all the member countries.