PETER (PETE) LENNON
Major General (Retired) Peter Lennon is a native of Southern Central New York and after a career with the military throughout the world, is continuing to serve the area he has always called home.
He grew up just outside New Berlin and graduated from New Berlin Central School. He earned both a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and was commissioned in the Army through the ROTC program. He later earned a Masters in Engineering from the University of
Throughout his nearly 40-year military career, both as an Active-Duty Soldier and as a Citizen-Soldier with the Army Reserves, Peter was recognized as a leader in transportation and logistics ranging from the tactical level to the national and international levels.
Peter was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq and later the Defense Superior Service Medal for service throughout the Middle-East. He was twice awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest medal for service in a non-combat environment.
Peter had a career of outstanding service to our country while in the military, with a number of high-profile assignments, including;
• Platoon leader and Forward Support Team leader in Germany during the Cold War
• Transportation Operations Planner in support of the Treaty Implementation Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina,
• White House-endorsed transportation advisor to Ambassador (Iraq) Paul Bremer,
• Director of military strategic deployment and distribution operations throughout the 23 middle-eastern countries of the US Central Command, and
• Commander of the military’s largest 2-star force; the 37,000-Soldier 377th Theater Sustainment Command.
In 2003, Ambassador Bremer selected Peter to lead the international coalition’s day-to-day management of the United Nations’ $10 Billion “Oil for Food Program” which provided life-saving goods to the Iraqi civilian population and ensured credibility of the fledgling Iraqi government.
In 2008, Peter was again tapped by Senior Defense and State Department Officials to design and help negotiate the “Northern Distribution Network” of re-supply routes through the Central Asian countries of the former Soviet Union into northern Afghanistan.
Peter culminated his military career at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he oversaw the training of and readiness support to the US Army Reserve’s 200,000 Soldiers nationwide.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HISTORY
Peter and his wife, the former Elaine Rovazzi of Little Falls, New York, returned home in late 2017. Although he did not formally run, he was recently written-in by the residents of New Berlin to serve as their mayor.
He is the Director of the Chenango United Way’s Micro-loan Project and is on the advisory boards of two national programs: The Utica-based Feed Our Vets network of food pantries, and the Our Community Salutes program which honors students entering the military after high school.
He frequently speaks to student and community groups and is a high-school mentor with Utica College’s Young Scholars Program. An advocate for economic and workforce development, he advises the GENESIS Group of the Mohawk Valley and the Utica-based Innovation Collective.
In his spare time, Peter is a member of the Binghamton Baseball Booster Club which recently helped to retain the New York Mets minor league baseball franchise, the Rumble Ponies, in the Southern Tier.
Elaine continues to consult as a Nuclear Medicine Physicist to hospitals and private imaging centers in the Catskills and northern New Jersey. She too is active in multiple community wellness organizations and serves as a mentor to the spouses of senior military members.