On Sunday, 18 November 2018, the Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha, accompanied by the Chief of Hellenic Army General Staff Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis, visited Xanthi and attended the Mass in Agios Georgios Church in Echinos, Xanthi and afterwards she had a meeting with the local authorities. She then visited the elementary and the nursery schools and she had a meeting with Echinos teachers, parents and students. Finally, the Deputy Minister of National Defence attended the conduct of the national guards’ tactical exercise, where she confirmed the high training level of the National Guard’s Units, the personnel’s well-trained state and the perfect readiness state of missions’ accomplishment.
On Monday, 19 November 2018, the Deputy Minister of National Defence Maria Kollia-Tsaroucha visited D Army Corps and she was informed on the operational Formation’s activities by D Army Corps Commanding General, Lieutenant General Georgios Kampas.
She stated among others:
“D Army Corps area of responsibility is not unknown to me, it is familiar, because in the past, in my capacity as Macedonia-Thrace Deputy Minister, I had repeatedly visited the area and I am honoured to be here with you today.
Dear Officers and Members,
It is undisputed that you, the manpower, are the biggest force multiplier. We are proud of your work and you justify the Greek people’s expectations every day.
We know that you face the enemy every day and that you stand against him defiantly, following D Army Corps emblem motto “THE KNOT BEING UNDONE BY THE SWORD”.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence had a tele-conference with conscripts, who serve their tour of duty in a Greek-Turkish border surveillance outpost.
Afterwards, the Deputy Minister of National Defence attended a LEO 2 HELL tank fires’ demonstration and a weapon systems’ demonstration and she was informed on the members’ excellent training and professionalism, as well as on the assets’ capabilities. The Deputy Minister of National Defence expressed her satisfaction for the complete tanks’ development, which are the most modern ones worldwide.
On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, the Deputy Minister of National Defence visited XII Mechanised Division HQs and she was informed by the competent staff officers. Afterwards, the Deputy Minister of National Defence had a tour in the facilities of the internationally recognised Simulators Centre, in “KANDILAPTIS” camp.
The next stop of the Deputy Minister of National Defence was the border line between Greece and Turkey, in “GEFYRAS KIPON” outpost. Finally, she visited “GEMISTIS” outpost, addressed the personnel and was informed on their important mission.