LaFollette native, General Carl W. Stiner, along with fifteen other paratroopers, was inducted into the 82nd Airborne Division Hall of Fame at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, last Wednesday.  21 friends and family made the trip to Fort Bragg for the special day.

TOP PHOTO:  General Stiner pictured with his wife Sue and Captain Dan Rosenbalm from the 82nd Airborne Division.

Inscription on the Plaque

General Carl W. Stiner served in numerous leadership positions within the 82nd Airborne Division and throughout the Airborne and Special Operations communities.  He began his service in the 82nd Airborne Division in 1972 as the Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and later served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations) and the Assistant Division Commander for Operations before commanding the Division from 1987 to 188.  Following Division Command, then Lieutenant General Stiner commanded the XVIII Airborne Corps, where he served as the Commander of Joint Task Force South, the command responsible for all 27,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine forces employed during OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama.  In May 1990, he was promoted to the rank of General and became the second commander of the US Special Operation Command.

Friends and family attended Stiner’s induction and are pictured here

First row:  Debbie Farmer, Johnnie Hickman, Gail Roy, Sue Stiner, Martha Hill, Carla Stiner Reel, Pricilla Dill, Carolyn Stiner

Second Row:  Kevin Walden, Logan Hickman, George Roy, Stan Peavey, Mark Stiner, Chip Dill, Carl Stiner, Lynn Prater, Jim Jenkinson, Lansden Hill, Emory Stiner, Jackson Reel, and Jim Reel

Members of this year’s class included the Hall of Fame’s first chaplain, first chief warrant officer, and its third woman. The inductees range in rank from private first class to general to warrant officer and to command sergeant major.  According to Major General James Mingus, Commander of the 82 Airborne Division, these distinguished paratroopers served in conflicts to include World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. In addition to General Stiner, the other inductees included Command Sergeant Major Joseph R. Allen, General Lloyd J. Austin, Major T. Moffatt Burriss, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Chisolm, Lieutenant General George A. Crocker, Lieutenant Colonel Gordon “Duke” Dewey, Private First Class Robert W. Dodson, Command Sergeant Major Seven R. England, Brigadier General (Chaplain) Augustus F. Gearhard, Captain Kimberly N. Hampton, Lieutenant General James H. Johnson Jr., Brigadier General Dennis D. Kerr, Major General Reuben H. Tucker, Lieutenant General John R. Vines,  and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnathan A. Ward.