Charles A. Horner is a retired USAF general who co-wrote “Every Man a Tiger” with Tom Clancy, which chronicles his experiences as a jet pilot turned air commander.
During the Vietnam War, he flew in combat as a Wild Weasel pilot and received the Silver Star. During Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, he commanded the American aerial forces, as well as those of the American allies. During the Desert Shield phase of the conflict, Horner briefly served as Commander-in-Chief - Forward of U.S. Central Command.
His major awards and decorations are Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Air Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters, among others.
The U.S. Air Force awards a General Charles A. Horner “Tiger Award” to one officer and one enlisted individual assigned to the Fourteenth Air Force annually.