- Carl Stiner
Infobox Military Person
name=Carl W. Stiner
born= birth date and age|1936|9|7
placeofbirth= La Follette,
caption=General Carl W. Stiner
United States of America
United States Army
commands=Special Operations Command XVIII Airborne Corps 82nd Airborne Division
Defense Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit Purple Heart
Carl Wade Stiner is a retired
United States Armyfour-star general who served as Commander in Chief, United States Special Operations Command(USCINCSOC) from 1990 to 1993.
La Follette, Tennesseeon September 7, 1936, he graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institutein 1958 with a bachelor of sciencedegree and was commissioned in the Infantry. He served initially with the 9th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgiaand commanded a basic training company at Fort Jackson.
special operationstour of duty was in 1964-66 with the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Following graduation from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1967, he served in the Vietnam Waras both an infantry battalion and brigade operations officer (S-3) with the 4th Infantry Division.
In 1970, after a tour with Headquarters, Department of the Army in Washington, D.C., he joined the 82nd Airborne Division where he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, and served as the Division operations officer (G3). Following graduation from the Army War College in 1975 and a tour in
Saudi Arabia, he commanded the 1st Infantry Training Brigadeat Fort Benning, Georgia.
Promoted to Brigadier General in 1980, he served first as the Chief of Staff,
Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force(RDJTF), then headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, and later as the Assistant Division Commander of the 82d Airborne Division. After serving on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., as Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs, in 1984 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Commanding Generalof the Joint Special Operations Commandat Fort Bragg.
He held this post until assigned as Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division, in January 1987. In October 1988 he was named
Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. As Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps, he was designated Commander, Joint Task Force South, and served as the operational commander of all forces employed on Operation Just Causein Panamain December 1989.
In May 1990 he was promoted to the rank of General and became the second Commander in Chief of the
United States Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As Commander in Chief, he was responsible for the readiness of all special operations forces of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, both active duty and reserve, retiring in May 1993.
During his thirty-five year career, Stiner commanded the Army's preeminent contingency strike forces; including the Joint Special Operations Command, the 82d Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps. Stiner has an extensive background in special operations. Among the many missions in which he was involved was the capture of the terrorists in the
Achille Laurohijacking, the Panama invasion and the capture of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and all special operations activities during Operation Desert Storm.
Stiner was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2004. [ [https://www.benning.army.mil/rtb/Hall_of_Fame/Halloffame12/stiner.pdf Ranger Hall of fame bio] ]
Stiner co-authored the 2002 book "Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces" with
Tom Clancy. [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1139299 National Public Radio's Fresh Air, March 4, 2002] ] He is also a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award and the Distinguished Alumnus award from Tennessee Technological University[ [http://www.tgagency.com/speakers.php?id=10 TGAgency.com - Carl Stiner] ] and serves as Chairman of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. [ [http://www.specialops.org/board.asp Special Operations Warrior Foundation Board of Directors] ] Stiner has also been active teaching the joint war fighting course at the Joint Forces Staff Collegein Norfolk, Virginia, and works as a senior advisor for new joint war fighting experiments. [ [http://www.businesstn.com/pub/1_6/cover/7365-1.html Business TN Magazine, June 2004] ]
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