On Wednesday, 28 November 2018, the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Maria Kollia Tsaroucha, visited the 32 Marines Brigade, the 1st Army Aviation Brigade, the 307 Advanced Base Plant and the 111 Combat Wing.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence was accompanied by the Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff, Lieutenant General Alkiviadis Stefanis.
During her visit to the 32 Marines Brigade in Volos, the Deputy Minister of National Defence was informed on Formation-related matters. Then, she attended training activities and a demonstration of materials and assets.
The Deputy Minister of National Defence, in her speech before the personnel of Col (Inf) N. Georgoulas Camp, pointed out the following:
“I am aware that you are acting at any place in the Hellenic Territory and you are ready to act anywhere else that the operational needs so require, with courage, confidence and high professionalism.
I am aware of your dual obligations both to your families and your Service. We, as the State, have a duty to support you, so that you would be able to better perform your missions, as well as for the purpose of improving your living conditions and that is the reason why I am here today.
I am aware that this is the place where the heart of Marines beats. Keep up the good work with the same commitment, faithful to the traditions and the history of the Special Forces.”
The next station of the Deputy Minister of National Defence, Maria Kollia – Tsaroucha’s visit was the 1st Army Aviation Brigade in Stefanovikeio. There, she was informed on the activities of the 1st Army Aviation Brigade at the Operations Centre. In addition, she visited the Control Tower and the Airport’s runways, where she was informed on land-surveying related matters and she attended a demonstration of assets. During her visit to the Camp, she was given a tour of the 307 Advanced Base Plant.
An abstract of the Deputy Minister’s speech before the personnel of the 1st Army Aviation Brigade follows:
“Your contribution to the society is major.
Our frontiersmen and people living on our islands surely think highly of you, since on a daily basis you are saving lives, you battle the flames to extinguish fires and protect our forestry resources, while you are always available for transporting the personnel and materials to the remotest areas of our Country, thus fostering the sense of security of the Greek people.
You take part in all large-scale exercises of all Services not only in Greece but also abroad, earning the respect of international crews, thus increasing the added value of our national power abroad.”
Finally, the Deputy Minister of National Defence visited the 111 Combat Wing in Nea Aghialos, where – amongst others – the Wing’s mission was analyzed, while she had the opportunity to discuss with pilots of the 341 All-Weather Squadron in the area of Readiness. The programme of her visit was concluded with her touring of the engines’ maintenance Hangar.
An abstract of the Deputy Minister’s speech before the personnel of the 111 Combat Wing follows:
“By means of your experience, training and professionalism, our sovereignty rights are being exercised and you leave your mark on the land and sea space, wherever there are Hellenes.
I came here today to verify in person the work that you carry out and to jointly deal with the contemporary challenges of your role and your missions.
Our Air Force’s operation and combat effectiveness is not something that is decided and implemented from one minute to the next; it requires planning over time, predictions and a vision.”