Later today, Gen. Carl Stiner will be inducted in the 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Fame on the grounds outside the Division’s Museum, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Stiner is a member of the 82nd Airborne Division’s second Hall of Fame Class.
TOP PHOTO: Andrew Jackson York (L) and Carl Wade Stiner. York’s father, Alvin C. York, was inducted into the HOF last year.
Stiner’s distinguished 35 year career is repeat with command after command of our nation’s preeminent contingency strike forces. In 1984 as a major general, he pinned the green tabs on and never took them off until his retirement as a general in 1993.
In Aug. 1984, he took command of the Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In this role, he was instrumental in successfully resolving the cruise ship Achille Lauro terrorist hijacking.
His next command was the 82d Airborne Division. From there, he moved across post in 1988 and took command of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg. While the Corps Commander, he served as the Joint Task Force (JTF) commander for Operation Just Cause, the 1989 invasion of Panama.
In June 1990, his storied military career culminated with promotion to general and assignment as the Commander in Chief, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. As the second Commander in Chief, his special operations forces participated in Operations Desert Storm and Provide Comfort and on any given day could be found in over 100 different countries.
A 1954 graduate of La Follette High School, Stiner and his family returned to East Tennessee upon his military retirement. Since returning in 1993, he continued to serve his country in various local, state, and national leadership roles. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/22/2019-6AM-PHOTO AND RELEASE COURTESY OF LOGAN HICKMAN)