Hellenic National Defence General Staff

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Hellenic National Defence General Staff
Γενικό Επιτελείο Εθνικής Άμυνας
Hellenic National Defence General Staff Seal.svg
Emblem of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff. The Corinthian helmet represents the Hellenic Army, the anchor the Hellenic Navy, and the wings the Hellenic Air Force
Active 1950–present
Country Greece
Branch Armed forces
Type Military staff
Part of Hellenic Armed Forces
Headquarters Ministry of National Defence, Psychiko, Athens, Greece
Motto(s) Αἰὲν Ἀριστεύειν ("Ever to Excel")
Commanders
Chief Adm Evangelos Apostolakis
Deputy Chief Lt. Gen. Konstantinos Floros
Staff Chief Air Mshl Nikolaos Dimitrios Christopoulos
Notable
commanders
Alexandros Papagos
Insignia
Flag Hellenic National Defence General Staff flag.png

The Hellenic National Defence General Staff (Greek: Γενικό Επιτελείο Εθνικής Άμυνας, abbr. ΓΕΕΘΑ) is the senior staff of the Hellenic Armed Forces. It was established in 1950, when the separate armed services ministries were consolidated into the Ministry of National Defence. Its role in peacetime was as a coordinating and senior consultative body at the disposal of the Greek government, and in wartime as the overall headquarters of the Armed Forces. In recent years, through ongoing efforts at increased inter-services cooperation and integration, the HNDGS has assumed peacetime operational control over the separate branches. Between 19 December 1968 and 10 August 1977, the HNDGS was abolished, and the Armed Forces Headquarters (Greek: Αρχηγείο Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων, abbr. ΑΕΔ) established in its place.

The Chief of the HNDGS[edit]

The Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (Greek: Αρχηγός ΓΕΕΘΑ, Α/ΓΕΕΘΑ) conducts the HNDGS and is the main adviser to the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) and to the Minister of Defence on military issues. Through the Chiefs of General Staffs, he carries out the operational commanding of the Joint Headquarters and the units that come under them, as well as the rest forces, when it comes to the issues of operation plans implementation and the Crises management System implementation, conduction of operations outside the national territory and participation of the Armed Forces in the confrontation of special situations during peace time.

He constructs the National Military Strategy after taking into consideration the suggestions of the General Staffs of the Armed Forces Services and according to the directions of the Ministry of Defence he manages and proposes the priority of the armament programs and suggests the general policy directions and priorities on every operational objective.

Traditionally, since c. 1970, the Chief of the HNDGS holds the rank of full General, Admiral or Air Chief Marshal, and is the only serving four-star officer of the Hellenic Armed Forces (as opposed to retired, since three-star ranks are often promoted one rank on retirement). Since 15 September 2015, the Chief of the HNDGS is Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis.

List of chiefs of the HNDGS[edit]

Chief Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Alexandros Papagos
Papagos, AlexandrosField Marshal
Alexandros Papagos
(1883–1955)
[a]
195019511 year Hellenic Army
2
Theodotos Grigoropoulos
Grigoropoulos, TheodotosLieutenant General
Theodotos Grigoropoulos
195119521 year Hellenic Army
3
Stylianos Kitrilakis
Kitrilakis, StylianosLieutenant General
Stylianos Kitrilakis
(1896–1964)
195219542 years Hellenic Army
4
Konstantinos Dovas
Dovas, KonstantinosLieutenant General
Konstantinos Dovas
(1898–1973)
195419595 years Hellenic Army
5
Athanasios Frontistis
Frontistis, AthanasiosLieutenant General
Athanasios Frontistis
(1900–1979)
195919623 years Hellenic Army
6
Ioannis Pipilis
Pipilis, IoannisLieutenant General
Ioannis Pipilis
196219653 years Hellenic Army
7
Konstantinos Tsolakas
Tsolakas, KonstantinosLieutenant General
Konstantinos Tsolakas
196519672 years Hellenic Army
8
Spyridon Avgeris
Avgeris, SpyridonVice Admiral
Spyridon Avgeris
(1909–1972)
[b]
30 March 196714 December 1967259 days Hellenic Navy
9
Odysseas Angelis
Angelis, OdysseasGeneral
Odysseas Angelis
(1912–1987)
[c]
196716 August 19736 years Hellenic Army
10
Dimitrios Zagorianakos
Zagorianakos, DimitriosGeneral
Dimitrios Zagorianakos
(1918–1977)
[d]
16 August 197325 November 1973101 days Hellenic Army
11
Grigorios Bonanos
Bonanos, GrigoriosGeneral
Grigorios Bonanos
[d]
25 November 197319741 year Hellenic Army
12
Dionysios Arbouzis
Arbouzis, DionysiosGeneral
Dionysios Arbouzis
(1913–1987)
[e]
197419762 years Hellenic Army
13
Ioannis Davos
Davos, IoannisGeneral
Ioannis Davos
(1918–2008)
[f]
14 September 197610 January 19803 years, 118 days Hellenic Army
14
Agamemnon Gratzios
Gratzios, AgamemnonGeneral
Agamemnon Gratzios
(1922–1993)
11 January 198019 January 19822 years, 8 days Hellenic Army
15
Theodoros Degiannis
Degiannis, TheodorosAdmiral
Theodoros Degiannis
(1926–2006)
198219842 years Hellenic Navy
16
Nikolaos Kouris
Kouris, NikolaosAir Chief Marshal
Nikolaos Kouris
(born 1930)
198419895 years Hellenic Air Force
17
Stamatis Vellidis
Vellidis, StamatisGeneral
Stamatis Vellidis
(born 1928)
198919901 year Hellenic Army
18
Ioannis Veryvakis
Veryvakis, IoannisGeneral
Ioannis Veryvakis
(born 1930)
199016 October 19933 years Hellenic Army
19
Dimitrios Skarvelis
Skarvelis, DimitriosGeneral
Dimitrios Skarvelis
(born 1933)
16 October 199316 December 199361 days Hellenic Army
20
Christos Lymberis
Lymberis, ChristosAdmiral
Christos Lymberis
(born 1935)
[g]
16 December 199319963 years Hellenic Navy
21
Athanasios Tzoganis
Tzoganis, AthanasiosAir Chief Marshal
Athanasios Tzoganis
(born 1939)
199619993 years Hellenic Air Force
22
Manousos Paragioudakis
Paragioudakis, ManousosGeneral
Manousos Paragioudakis
(born 1938)
199920023 years Hellenic Army
23
Georgios Antonakopoulos
Antonakopoulos, GeorgiosGeneral
Georgios Antonakopoulos
(born 1943)
200216 February 20053 years Hellenic Army
24
Panagiotis Chinofotis
Chinofotis, PanagiotisAdmiral
Panagiotis Chinofotis
(born 1949)
16 February 200521 August 20072 years, 186 days Hellenic Navy
25
Dimitrios Grapsas
Grapsas, DimitriosGeneral
Dimitrios Grapsas
(born 1948)
21 August 20076 August 20091 year, 350 days Hellenic Army
26
Ioannis Giangos
Giangos, IoannisAir Chief Marshal
Ioannis Giangos
(born 1951)
6 August 20091 November 20112 years, 87 days Hellenic Air Force
27
Michail Kostarakos
Kostarakos, MichailGeneral
Michail Kostarakos
(born 1956)
1 November 201115 December 20154 years, 44 days Hellenic Army
28
Evangelos Apostolakis
Apostolakis, EvangelosAdmiral
Evangelos Apostolakis
(born 1957)
15 December 2015Incumbent2 years, 248 days Hellenic Navy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Resigned to found Greek Rally party
  2. ^ Held the post at the time of the coup d'état in April 1967 which established the military regime. Dismissed by the military regime following the failed counter-coup of King Constantine II in December 1967
  3. ^ Installed by the military regime. "Chief of the Armed Forces" from December 1968
  4. ^ a b Chief of the Armed Forces during the military regime
  5. ^ Chief of the Armed Forces following the fall of the military regime
  6. ^ Chief of the Armed Forces, from August 1977 Chief of the re-formed HNDGS
  7. ^ Dismissed following the Imia crisis

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