Four-star Gen. Carl Stiner (ret.) will be the featured speaker at Monday's annual Memorial Day service at VFW Post 5669 in Oneida.
Gen. Stiner is a highly decorated veteran who served as commander in chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 1990 to 1993, directing special operations forces in the Army, Navy and Air Force during Operation Desert Storm.
The 76-year-old Stiner is a native of LaFollette. He served in the Vietnam War as an infantry battalion and brigade operations officer with the 4th Infantry Division.
A graduate of the Army War College in 1975, Stiner served a tour in Saudi Arabia before commanding the 1st Infantry Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1980 and served as the chief of staff for the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force at MacDill Air Force Base, and later served as the assistant division commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
His lengthy career in the armed forces included a stint on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., during President Ronald Reagan's administration. In addition to commanding the U.S. Army's preeminent contingency strike forces, Stiner was involved in several high-profile special operations, including the capture of terrorists in the Achille Lauro hijacking in the mid 1980s and the capture of Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, as well as all special operations activities during the Gulf War.
Stiner retired from the military in 1993. In 2002, he co-authored a book, "Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces," with noted author Tom Clancy.
Monday's ceremony at the VFW post home, located on U.S. Hwy. 27 in north Oneida, near the intersection with Sandcut Road and Bear Creek Road, will begin at 11 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 93 from Scott County will conduct the flag ceremony. A meal will follow in the basement of the post home.