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Greece’s National Security Council overhauls the military leadership

The National Security Governmental Council (KYSEA), Greece’s top decision-making body for foreign affairs and defense matters, decided in an extraordinary meeting on Friday, to proceed with  substantial changes to the military leadership.

Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Konstantinos Floros, retires and is replaced by Lieutenant General Dimitrios Houpis, the former Commander of the Special Warfare Command.

Lieutenant General Georgios Kostidis has been appointed as the Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS), while Dimitrios Kataras, formerly the Vice Admiral of the Hellenic Navy, has taken on the position of Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff (HNGS). Dimosthenis Grigoriadis, the former Commander of the Air Support Command, is now the Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff (HAFGS).

The simultaneous retirement of the entire military leadership also impacts key commands within the Armed Forces.

These changes reflect the government’s dedication to conducting a comprehensive review of the Armed Forces’ operations and addressing issues from the recent past.

It is apparent that the ongoing developments will necessitate corrective actions at lower levels. The new leadership of the Armed Forces largely comprises individuals who graduated from the Military Academies in 1987, marking a four-year leap. The changes aim to usher in a new era with a clear perspective in GEETHA and all branches, noted daily kathimerini.com.

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