Wing Insignia award ceremony to 4th year cadets of the Military Academy in Parachutists School and Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos' visit to military airport in Pachi, Megara

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3 Sep 2013

Επίσκεψη ΥΕΘΑ Δημήτρη Αβραμόπουλου στο στρατιωτικό αεροδρόμιο Πάχης Μεγάρων (03/09/2013)

The Minister of National Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos, awarded certificates and Wing insignia to fourth year cadets who were trained in static line parachute fall in a ceremony held today in Parachutists' School, Aspropyrgos, Attica.

Then, Mr. Avramopoulos visited the Military Airport in Pachi, Megara, where he was briefed by cadres of Army Aviation about the NH-90 helicopters programme of the Army, their capabilities in peace and wartime, their equipment and their technical characteristics, the training progress of young pilots, as well as the developments in the operational integration of these helicopters into the Army Aviation.


The Minister of National Defence was accompanied by the Chief of HNDGS, Gen. Michail Kostarakos, the Chief of HAGS, Lt. Gen. Athanasios Tselios and the Chief of HNGS, Vice admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, and the Commander of B' Army Corps, Lt. Gen. Zacharias Verigos.

Mr. Avramopoulos addressed the following statement to the fourth year cadets:

"Fourth year cadets, today, with the benefit of clergy and under the presence of the Political and Military Authorities, you pinned onto your chest the parachutists' Wings insignia, the most glorious part of the Hellenic Army. The fact that you voluntarily asked and sought to put this symbol on your chest shows to all of us something of general significance and value: that there is still strength, courage, soul. This is the message that the country's entire Armed Forces send to Greek people.

As I have been informed, it is the first time that a group of Military Academy cadets responds to the leaders' appeal and attends training under so difficult and hard circumstances, to be prepared, when time comes in the future, to assume their leadership duties, inspire their soldiers, NCOs and colleagues.

I wish you, from the bottom of my heart, that your career in the Armed Forces satisfies, above all, the high and noble ideals which inspired you once to join the army. I always say, and I reiterate it on every occasion, that one cannot but share such moments with the Armed Forces, to be convinced that, even in these dire times, there is another Greece. The Greece of duty, honour, values, pure love for the country. And this is a message we send today from this modest, but highly symbolic event as well.

Dedicating your time without asking for any compensation for this training, finally, shows that, above the material values, there are higher moral and patriotic values. This is another message we send today from this place, not only to the Armed Forces but to all of Greece as well.

On behalf of the Greek state I wish you to have strength, courage, be always ready to respond to your supreme duty to your country and be aware, you and your colleagues, that the state which represents and speaks for the Greek people acknowledges and respects your great and important mission.

In this spirit, I congratulate you and I wish your professional career to be always full of these higher ideological perspectives which you invested in your dreams when you crossed the door of the Military Academy.

I wish you to be strong and healthy and I share today the same emotions and joy with your people, your family, the military leaders of the Armed Forces and all people attending this beautiful, full of symbolisms ceremony.

Once more I congratulate you and thank you."

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