Lara Tur is the wife of a man who was found dead at Guantanamo Bay on January 11. That man, Christopher Tur, was a civilian working on the base. Lara is now believed to have been having an affair with Guantanamo Bay commander Capt. John Nettleton. The captain has since been relieved of his duties at Guantanamo while Chris Tur’s death is investigated. In the Uniform Code of Military Justice, adultery is a crime.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Affair Between Capt. Nettleton & Lara Was Uncovered During the Chris Tur Death Investigation
The Associated Press reports that Captain John Nettleton has been fired and is under investigation regarding his affair and in the death of Christopher Tur. The AP says that Tur had been found dead, floating in the water by Gitmo on January 11. His cause of death has not been made public. According to the AP, the affair between Capt. Nettleton and Lara was discovered during a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquest into Chris Tur’s death. Lara Tur reported her husband missing on the same day that his body was found. At the time of Christopher Tur’s death, the couple had been married for 19 years.
2. Lara & Her Husband Worked Civilian Jobs at Gitmo
Lara Tur worked on the base as the director of the Fleet and Family Services Center at Gitmo, reports the Miami Herald. The paper also reports that Chris Tur worked on the base as the loss prevention officer for the commissary. He was a former Marine. ABC News reports that the family moved to Gitmo in 2011.
The Fleet and Family Support Program provides support for “individual and family readiness through a full array of programs and resources which help Navy families to be resilient, well-informed and adaptable to the Navy environment.”
3. She Attended High School in California & Pennsylvania
Lara’s Pinterest page shows a picture of her and Christopher Tur together. The Facebook link provided on the page brings you to a page for Marie Tur. The person who operates that page likes a page for Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Rugby and You Know You’re From Gitmo When. The page also shows her to be a graduate of Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Classmates.com lists a Lara Tur as a graduate of that school. Lara Tur also attended Milpitas High School in California for a time.
4. Lara & Chris Tur Had 2 Daughters Together
Christopher and Lara Tur had two daughters together. According to the daughter’s Facebook pages, they both live on the base at Gitmo and are in high school. On the day of Christopher Tur’s death, Savannah posted a picture of her dancing with her father. Marie Tur wrote under that pic, “Love You.”
5. Capt. Nettleton Participated in Both Iraq Wars
According to his now deleted profile on the Navy’s website, Capt. Nettleton is originally from Haines City, Florida. He joined the Marines in 1984 before joining the Navy in 1987. He was deployed in support of Desert Storm in 1991. Capt. Nettleton also participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom between 2006 and 2007. He won battle efficiency awards during that time. He had been the head of Gitmo since June 2012. An official Navy press release about Nettleton’s firing, read, in part, “Due to an ongoing NCIS investigation, it is not appropriate for the Navy to provide additional details concerning the relief.” Nettleton’s command did not stretch as far as the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. That detention camp is under the command of a Navy admiral. The Miami Herald, citing “successive Navy commanders,” refers to the position that Capt. Nettleton held as being “a small-town mayor.”