The Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, accompanied by the Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General (HAF) Christos Christodoulou, and the Chief of Hellenic Army General Staff, Lieutenant General Georgios Kambas, visited the D Army Corps Headquarters in Xanthi, where he was welcomed by the Commanding General, Lieutenant General Haralambos Lalousis.
The Minister of National Defence was briefed on the mission and activities of the Corps' Formations and Units.
During his visit to D Army Corps Headquarters, the Minister of National Defence made the following statement:
"This is my first visit to my birthplace since taking office. It is the first visit to Thrace, which is a great honour and pleasure for me. We start with D Army Corps Headquarters, here, in Xanthi. Just now, I was briefed by the Command in order to familiarise myself with the matters affecting the bulk of the Hellenic Armed Forces here at Land Forces level, the Hellenic Army, in order to work on solutions. The Army, during peacetime, with its social footprint deeply imprinted in its activity, ensures the security of our country, the security of Thrace, as well as the great deterrent power of the Armed Forces against all kinds of threats or aggression to our national interests and sovereign rights.
Congratulations to the Corps' Command, to the Army's Military Leadership, and, of course, congratulations to the Leadership of the Armed Forces. We are here, as Political Leadership, to assist them in any way we can so that they can execute their mission to the fullest and show the people of this country, the Greeks, that we are a small but strong country and that we feel safe against any potential threat or thought of aggression to our sovereign rights".
After the conclusion of the briefing at D Army Corps Headquarters, the Minister of National Defence recognised a Professional Soldier, Infantry Sergeant Christos Ghiaourakis, who saved a civilian a few days ago who suffered a heart attack at his home balcony in Xanthi. The Minister congratulated the NCO for his bravery and courage to save a citizen in distress, which proves the high sense of duty of and the contribution to society by those serving in the Armed Forces.
Mr. Panagiotopoulos then attended a live Field Exercise with four tanks, as well as a weapon system demonstration at "Triantafyllidi" Camp, followed by an address to personnel of Xanthi Garrison Units.
The Minister's visit was completed with a visit to "Karakosta" Camp and to the Kavala Officers' Club.