21st Theater Sustainment Command gets new leader
By MATT MILLHAM | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 28, 2013
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — In his last moments heading the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Maj. Gen. Aundre Piggee strode over the parade field at Daenner Kaserne and his gaze swept slowly over the soldiers and fluttering flags representing his far-flung command.
Minutes later, under a sky dotted with clouds, he relinquished command of the largest overseas logistical command in the Army’s arsenal. Maj. Gen. John O’Connor, a native of Toledo, Ohio, picked up the reins.
“As you might expect, this change of command is a bittersweet moment for both Kassi and I,” Piggee said, referring to his wife. “I can hardly believe that a mere 22 months ago, I assumed command of this great organization.”
As he sat down to write his speech for the ceremony, a lot of things went through his mind, he said.
“Mostly, I look back on the countless accomplishments the ‘First in Support’ command has achieved in that short time.”
Among the highlights of his tenure, he said, was a “no-notice deployment” to Turkey, where 21st soldiers laid the groundwork for a ballistic missile defense site to defend the NATO ally from possible spillover from the ongoing civil war in Syria.
“You did it in 90 days,” before turning the site over to the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Piggee said.
Over the last two years, the unit also has provided humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Montenegro, trained Polish and Georgian units for deployments to Afghanistan and deployed some 3,600 soldiers of its own to the war – a fact highlighted by the presence of four cased guidons representing deployed units among the flapping flags of various 21st TSC subordinate units.
Piggee, commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1981, has been tapped to take over as director of logistics for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
O’Connor, his replacement at the 21st, said during the ceremony that the TSC has “a long and storied tradition of excellence and performance, and I am privileged to lead you and thank you for your service today as we tackle the many challenges together.”
In the front row, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commander of U.S. Army Europe, and Maj. Gen. Aundre Piggee, outgoing commander of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, troop the line ahead of the 21st TSC's chief of staff, Col. Barry Diehl, and incoming commander Maj. Gen. John O'Connor.
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