New York.- US Lieutenant General William G. Pagonis (ret.), is the recipient of the 32nd Homeric Award of the Chian Federation. The award will bestowed to General Pagonis during dinner, on Saturday December 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm, at the Hellenic American Cultural Center of the Chian Federation located at 44-01 Broadway, Astoria, New York.
General Pagonis was made well known while serving as General Norman Schwarzkopf’s logistics commander during operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm
Lieutenant General Wiliam G. Pagonis, Vice Chairman of the Board, GENCO ATC, is a former Chairman of the Board, Department of Defense Business Board for former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. With close to 30 years of service to our nation, Lieutenant General William G. Pagonis has made an invaluable contribution on the social, political, economic, cultural and military levels across many regions of the world.
The Homeric Award was established thirty-two years ago and is presented annually to distinguished individuals, advocates of human rights, democratic ideals and persons and to those who have excelled in furthering human knowledge. For years, the Homeric Award has been considered as one of the most prestigious award presented by the Greek-American community. From its humble beginnings in 1977, when the late Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal was honored for his contributions in finding a just solution to the Cyprus issue, the Homeric Award has been bestowed to a distinguished roster of individuals including the former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, the late President of Greece Constantine Karamanlis, the former Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Iakovos, the late Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, Senators Paul Sarbanes, Edward Kennedy, Olympia Snowe, Bill Bradley, Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congressmen Michael Bilirakis, Benjamin Gilman, Gary Ackerman, Bob Menendez, the President of the Council of Greeks Abroad, Andrew A. Athens, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John D. Negroponte and Dr. Stamatios M. Krimigis, Head Emeritus of the Space Department at the Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University.