Turner is a general of the United States Armed Forces who was one of the officers in charge of assigning missions to Tony Stark during his earliest days as Iron Man.
General Turner phone-called Stark from his office at the Pentagon to ask him to retrieve a piece of surveillance technology in Congo that was shoot down by members of the Congolese Army.
In reality, Turner lied about the incident, as the attack shot down a prototype vehicle designed by Justin Hammer, leaving its pilot alone in unfriendly territory.
Turner's real objective was to make Stark kill the Congolese Army members in the area without blaming the United States Armed Forces, masquerading as an act of self-defense during the mission.
However, Stark was able to see past his lies and rescued the pilot without bloodshed, infuriating Turner and the Joint Chiefs.