The Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, on Thursday 20 December 2018, visited the Headquarters, Units and Outposts of the 98th Higher National Guard Battalions Command, on Lesvos Island.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence, accompanied by the Commander of the Higher Military Command of Interior and Islands, Lieutenant General Nikolaos Manolakos, was informed on the mission, activities and social work of Units of the 98th Higher National Guard Battalions Command.
Afterwards, the Deputy Minister of National Defence visited the Surveillance Outpost “PROVOSKIDA”, exchanged wishes with the personnel and was informed on the role and the mission of the outpost. Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha confirmed the excellent level of training and the high morale of the personnel and the conscripts who serve in the frontier outposts of our islands.
Then, the Deputy Minister visited the 221st National Guard Battalion, where she addressed the career personnel, conscripts and national guardsmen of the 98th Higher National Guard Battalions Command, in the presence of representatives of other services of the Armed Forces and Security Services. There, Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha thanked everyone for their professionalism and the services they offer to our Homeland, and she exchanged greetings for the upcoming Christmas Holidays.
The Deputy Minister underscored the following:
“The 98th Higher National Guard Battalion Command has an upgraded role, based on the estimation that the area of the Aegean will continue being a point of reference in the international developments, due to the wider geopolitical “challenges” and the fact that Greece plays an important strategic role in South-eastern Mediterranean.
We know that you totally embrace the maxim on the emblem: “fighting men are a city’s fortress” which states that the defence and freedom of city are ensured not by soulless stone walls, but by the real fortresses, the brave men. It is sure that, if needed, you will defend, not only through defensive combat, but with offensive mind as well, to the last drop of your blood, this rock that we call Greece and which our enemies have been coveting for years.
In the context of her visit to Lesvos, the Deputy Defence Minister had meetings with the Mayor of Mytilini Spyros Galinos and the Secretary General for the Aegean and Island Policy Giannis Giannellis-Theodosiadis.
The Deputy Minister visited also the social pharmacy of Mytilini where she delivered 100 meningitis vaccines, donated by the Ministry of National Defence. In parallel, a relevant fund was approved for the supply of equipment to the social dental surgery, also donated by the Ministry of National Defence.