CDR Turdo assumed his duties as the head of the Professional Maritime Studies branch at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in July 2013.
CDR Turdo is a designated cutterman with eight years at sea. Prior to reporting to the Coast Guard Academy, he served as the Executive Officer aboard USCGC EAGLE, “America’s Tall-Ship.” Additional afloat assignments include: Deck Watch Officer USCGC FORWARD (WMEC 911) in Portsmouth, Virginia; Executive Officer USCGC MONOMOY (WPB 1326) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer USCGC BARANOF (WPB 1318) deployed to the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commanding Officer USCGC KEY BISCAYNE (WPB 1339) in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Previous assignments ashore include: Command Center Duty Officer at Coast Guard Activities New York; Company Officer at the United States Coast Guard Academy; staff officer in the Office of Defense Operations, Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
CDR Turdo is a 1997 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Government. He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
In addition to his primary duties, CDR Turdo is the Director of Tennis for the Coast Guard Academy’s Men’s NCAA Tennis program. During a previous assignment at the Academy, he served as the Head Tennis Coach from 2003-2005 and was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tennis Coach of the Year in 2003. He is currently a certified instructor through the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and is an avid tournament and team player with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
CDR Turdo is a native of Long Island, New York. He currently resides in East Lyme, CT with his wife Wendy and their two young daughters.