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Former SOCOM Commander-in-Chief speaks at UC


General Carl Stiner addresses students and faculty during Monday’s convocation.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands welcomed Retired General Carl Stiner who addressed students and faculty during Monday’s convocation on December 7, in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on campus.

General Stiner commended those present as more than qualified to become great leaders. Stiner said, “A leader must learn from others,” as he addressed such issues as the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as the current state of our nation. Stiner encouraged students to work hard to become anything they want to be. “The Founding Fathers sacrificed much for the good of our nation and they expected future generations to continue to do so,” Stiner said. “With freedom and liberty comes great responsibility and it is up to us to fix the problems of our nation.” As he encouraged faculty and students to strive to be better individuals, Stiner gave a last message to students, “Always give thanks to your teachers, your parents, and most importantly to God.”

A native of Lafollette, Tenn., General Stiner served as Commander-in-Chief of SOCOM (Special Operations Command) from 1990 to 1993. After his retirement, he co-authored the 2002 book Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces with Tom Clancy. He now serves as Chairman of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and also has been active teaching the joint war-fighting course at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Award and the Distinguished Alumnus award from Tennessee Technological University. Stiner also works as a senior advisor for new joint war fighting experiments.