Upon completion of the Reserve Officers Training Corps curriculum and the educational course of study at Arkansas State University, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Cornell University. His military education includes completion of the Field Artillery School Basic Course, the Quartermaster School, Basic and Advanced Course, the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
General Stillions’ last assignment before retirement in 1988 was Director of Logistics and Security Assistance, United States European Command. Other key assignments held include Commanding General, 3rd Corps Support Command, United States Army Europe; Commanding General, United States Army Troop Support Agency, Fort Lee, Virginia; and Special Assistant to the Commanding General, United States Army Logistics Center, Fort Lee, Virginia.
General Stillions served in a variety of important assignments. He served as a Staff Officer in the Principal Items Distribution Branch, Supply Distribution Division, Supply Directorate, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, United States Army, Washington, DC. In Vietnam, he was Commander of the 1st Supply and Service Battalion, 54th General Support Group, United States Army Vietnam. He returned to the United States to serve as Chief, Assignments and Reserve Affairs Division, Military Personnel Directorate, Defense Supply Agency, Cameron Station, Alexandria, Virginia. Upon completion of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC, he became the Commander of the Quartermaster School Brigade, Fort Lee, Virginia. He returned overseas to serve as Commander Camp Carroll Army Depot (Re-designated the United States Army Military Support Center-Korea), 19th Support Brigade, Korea. He was the Executive to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, United States Army, Washington, DC; and then served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Staff for Logistics, United States Army, Washington, DC.
As Quartermaster General, he was greatly involved in the effort to integrate Reserve Component personnel and units into Quartermaster Branch activities. He was also very successful in obtaining funding for many of the new facilities on Fort Lee, including the food service and supply training facilities as well as major quarter’s renovations and the Army Logistics Management College addition. He also instituted the Quartermaster Hall of Fame and launched many Quartermaster Regimental initiatives.
Awards and decorations which General Stillions has received include the Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Legion of Merit (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Army General Staff Identification Badge. General Stillions was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame in 1994 and was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment in 1991 (Charter Year).