BEIRUT–The Lebanese Army promoted one its own to the rank of general–making Panos Manjian the only Armenian in the Diaspora to receive that coveted rank.
In 1979–Manjian was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and sent to Fort Knox–Kentucky where he specialized in tank warfare due to which he was promoted to Captain–Major and Lieutenant Colonel respectively.
After attending a similar course in Lebanon–Lt. Col. Manjian was assigned to attend the Command and General Staff Officer Course in 1995-96 at Fort Leavenworth–Kansas. On January 1996–Panos was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Back in Lebanon in late 1996–he was assigned as Chief of Staff of a mechanized infantry brigade and two years later–he was assigned the assistant commander of a mechanized brigade.
On February 1 he was assigned as a Brigade Commander of the 10th armored brigade and on July 1 he was promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General–known in the United States as a One Star General.