Chief of Staff

Lieutenant General Georgios Kiriakou


Lieutenant General Georgios Kyriakou is the Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS). He was born in Tanagra, on October 3, 1964.

He joined the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1983 and graduated in 1987, as a 2nd Lieutenant.

He graduated from Water Survival School, Flight and Ground Safety school, Instructos School, Joint electronic Warfare school, Tactical Weapons school, Air Tester Seminar, Instrument Flight Training Center, Air War College/Junior officers, Supreme Joint War College and the National Defence College.

He has more than 3800 flight hours and he has flown with T-41D, T-2E, Mirage 2000-5.

In June 1987 he was a pilot at 120ATW/363ATS and an aircraft test pilot of   T-2E until November 1993 when he became a pilot at 114CW/331. In July 1990 he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and in July 1994 to Captain.

In May 1999 he was promoted to Major and served as a Squadron Commander at 114CW/331 and a test pilot of Mirage 2000.

In May 2001 he was a staff officer of Standardization –Evaluation Office at 114CW until July 2002 when he served as a staff officer at HΤAF/A1. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on March 2003.

In September 2004 he attended the Supreme Joint War College and National Defence College until June 2006.

He has served as a training officer at the Squadron of further education at 114CW/OCU, as a Squadron Commander at the same stewardship and as the head of Standardization –Evaluation Office at 114CW/OCU until April 2010.

Since April 2010 he had been the Commander of 331/114CW until July 2011. Furthermore, on March 2011 he was promoted to Colonel.

He was the Deputy Commander of 55th Squadron Combat of Cyprus for the period of April 2010 to July 2011 and then he became the Commander for the next year of the same Squadron until August 2013.

Since September 2013 he had served as a Director of section in HAFGS/OC /Operations-Department and on May 2015 he became the head of Flight and Safety Office at 114CW.

In May 2015 he hold the position of Deputy Commander for two years and then he promoted as a Commander of 114CW until April 2018.

In March 2018 he was promoted to Brigadier General and in May 2018 he became the Deputy Commander of Hellenic Air Force Academy and in March 2019 the Commander of Hellenic Air Force non-commissioned officers Academy.

In March 2020 he became the head of Human Resources department HAFGS/B1 and promoted to Major General in March 2021.Then he served as a personnel branch Director HAFGS\B until March 2022.

In March 2022 he was the Deputy Chief of HTAF and in January 2023 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed as a Chief of staff of the HNDGS.

He speaks English.

He is married and a father of one child.

He holds all Greek Armed Forces decorations and Medals up to his rank.