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Campbell County remembers four-star General Carl Stiner

General Stiner served as the second Commander in Chief of the United States Special Operations Command.
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 3:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2022 at 10:15 AM EDT
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LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WVLT) - LaFollette native and military icon General Carl Stiner died at age 85. Stiner was a four-star general and served as the second Commander in Chief of the United States Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.

Stiner was born in LaFollette on Sept. 7, 1936, according to the Campbell County Veteran Affairs Office. During his time serving, Stiner was involved in the capture of terrorists in the Achille Lauro hijacking and helped with all special operations activities during Operation Desert Storm, the office said.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann took to Twitter to address Stiner’s passing, saying he was heartbroken to hear the news.

Rep. Tim Burchett also released a statement, saying “hero just doesn’t quite cover it.”

As Campbell County native, Sheriff Ronnie Goins remembered the great honor it was to call Stiner a friend.

“It could be about farming, could be about his tractors, could be about things going on in the world. We talked about my job duties a lot. We’d talk about that a lot and how tough it is.” said Goins as he recalls the conversations they had together.

Goins went on to call Stiner an “American hero” and “a staple here in Campbell County.”

Back in 2009, Stiner spoke with WVLT about his history of service, sharing a message that epitomizes how proud he was to serve.

“There’s things greater in life than material blessings and the greatest honor in my judgment that can be bestowed upon one is serving their country,” said Stiner in 2009.

Stiner also helped co-author the 2002 novel Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces with Tom Clancy. He was also a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award and the Distinguished Alumnus award from Tennessee Tech University, his alma mater. The Army ROTC offices at the university were renamed in his honor as the Carl W. Stiner Leadership Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Special Operations Warrier Foundation, which provides educational support for surviving children of fall soldiers.

  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation

They also asked that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Lafollette.

  • First Baptist Church LaFollette

The community gathered on Saturday, June 11 to honor Stiner.

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