WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman hosted Lt. Gen. Aundre F. Piggee for a visit to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and the Pine Bluff Arsenal on Friday. Lt. Gen. Piggee is a native of Stamps, Arkansas, and a graduate of UAPB. He currently serves as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Army overseeing logistics.
During his visit, Piggee spoke at an assembly at UAPB and took questions from students.
“I am grateful to have General Piggee home in Arkansas,” Boozman said. “His experience and leadership are extremely valuable in our nation’s defense. He is an inspiration to young people across the state and I know his experiences at UAPB were critical to his success as a military leader.”
"This school was family to me. In big schools, nobody knows you missed the class. But here when I missed a class they knew,” Piggee said. “Teachers like Dr./Father Hines, Dr. McArthur, and Ms. Jolivet would take me over to the side and ask where I was. They would give me my homework, and then additional homework to make up. It is still like that today, where instructors are your mentors. I have always tried to mentor my soldiers the way my teachers at UAPB mentored me."
Boozman and Piggee also attended a briefing and tour at the Pine Bluff Arsenal with military and community leaders.
“The Pine Bluff Arsenal is a valuable asset to our nation and an important part of the local community,” Boozman said. “I appreciate General Piggee’s time to make this visit a priority. He was able to see the great work being accomplished here and the incredible support local residents and businesses have for the facility.”
"We're honored to have LTG Piggee visit the Arsenal. He is a loyal Arkansan and we're proud of his achievement as the Army's chief logistician,” said White Hall Mayor Noel Foster. "Senator Boozman and our local community have been wholly supportive of the Arsenal and its critical role in insuring the readiness of our soldiers, sailors and airmen.”