The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff ROTC Commissioned Officers’ Association will hold several events on campus and in Little Rock this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ROTC at UAPB, according to a news release.


The celebration will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Friday with a convocation service in STEM Building at UAPB. Alumni, current members, friends and family of the Gold Lion Battalion will be joined by Junior ROTC cadets from several high schools in the Pine Bluff to kick off the celebration, the news release said.


Following the convocation, a site will be dedicated for the future Memorial Gardens honoring alumni who served in the military.


At 8 a.m. Saturday, a golf tournament will be held at the Hindman Park Golf Course in Little Rock, followed by the Gala Banquet at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in West Little Rock. UAPB’s own Lieutenant General Aundre Piggee will be the guest speaker. The celebration will end with a memorial service to the fallen alumni of the Golden Lion Brigade.


Piggee assumed duties as the deputy chief of staff, G-4 in September 2016. He oversees policies and procedures used by all Army Logisticians throughout the world. Prior to joining the Army staff, he served as the director of logistics and engineering, United States Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL.


Piggee is a native of Stamps, Arkansas. He commissioned into the United States Army in 1981 from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.


He has a Master of Science Degree in Materiel Acquisition Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Military Strategy from the Army War College. Additionally, Lieutenant General Piggee received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Doctor of Laws from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. His military education includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Ordnance Officer Advance Course, Combined Arms Staff Services School, the Logistics Executive Development Course, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. His most significant assignments include: Director of Logistics and Engineering, United States Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida;


Commanding General, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Assistant Chief of Staff, J4 and Combined Forces Command, C4, United States Forces Korea, Seoul, South Korea; and Executive Officer to the Vice Chief of Staff, Army, the Pentagon. Lieutenant General Piggee’s other notable assignments include: Commander, 15th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas;


Chief, Support Operation Division, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, 8th U.S. Army, Seoul, South Korea; Commander, Division Rear and Chief of Staff, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Commander, 15th Forward Support Battalion and 1st Cavalry Division, G4, Fort Hood, Texas.


Lieutenant General Piggee’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (2 OLC), Legion of Merit (2 OLC), the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC). He is authorized to wear the Department of Defense and Army Staff Identification Badges. Lieutenant General Piggee is married to the former Kassi Gideon of Killeen, Texas. They have one daughter, Alexis.


Lieutenant Colonel Sherry K. Oehler, who will also be part of the event, is from Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from college in December 2000 and enlisted in the Army in January 2001. She completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and served as an Administrative Specialist at Fort Story, Virginia. During her first assignment, she was selected to be a Commissioned Officer.


She completed Officer Candidate School and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps in 2002. LTC Oehler’s assignments include Platoon Leader and Battalion Communications Officer in the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


She served as a Battalion Logistics Officer in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. She commanded the Satellite Communications facility at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland. She served as the Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the Network Enterprise Technology Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.


As a field grade officer, she served as the Operations Officer for the Walter Reed Warrior Transition Brigade in Bethesda, Maryland, completed a fellowship with RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and most recently, served as a Program Analyst in the Army G8, Program Analysis and Evaluation Division, at the Pentagon. LTC Oehler completed three combat deployments.


She provided tactical communications support to the 82d Airborne Division commander and staff in Iraq (2003- 2004), led supply, maintenance, transportation and resource management operations for the 54th Signal Battalion in Kuwait (2006-2007), and served as the Chief of Plans and Operations for a Counter Corruption task force in Afghanistan (2012-2013).


LTC Oehler holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Towson University, a master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and a Master of Military Art and Science in Operational Planning from the School of Advanced Military Studies/SAMS.


Details: Call (703) 964-6716 or visit www.uapbcoa.org.