“Be wise and obedient”
A dialogue by Socrates about the qualities of a brave general. He tells Pericles that he must not embarass himself with the thought that Athenians supposedly do not obey the laws. But, you see, in the army, where good conduct, discipline, submission are most necessary, on the contrary our people pay no attention to these things.
(Xenophon, Memorabilia 3, 5, 21)
The Academy was located at the Dekelia Air Base (in Tatoi)
The Academy belonged to the Hellenic Air Force Training Command
The Greek spirit, creative and always pioneer, conceived with the myth of Dedalus man’s first effort to conquer the skies with the first aviator, Ikarus. Thousands of years later, Greek technicians, driven by the same concerns as those of Dedalus and without having considerable experience, maintained the first aircraft of their time. Those aircraft were used by Greek aviators in war missions during the Balkan Wars, for the first time in history.
In the years that followed and especially from 1930 to 1950, the graduates from the various Technical Academies offered significant services to the Air Force. Those technicians set the foundations on which the establishment of the Technical Non-Commissioned Officers Academy was based on. The Academy operated from 1949 to 2019 and had offered the Air Force regular officers of eight different specialties annually.
The mission of the Academy was to formulate proficient technical NCOs, in order for them to successfully meet the demanding obligations and the duties that they would be assigned to in the Air Force, which is a high technology organization.
The Academy Emblem
The emblem of the Technical NCO Academy consists of a composition depicted on a shield.
On the upper part of the shield the ancient maxim of the great historian Xenophon is written: «Σωφρονείν τε και ευτακτείν» (Translated: “Be sensible and compliant”). The remainder of the shield is occupied by the emblem divided into two sections, left and right.
On the left half the national emblem is partly-depicted, portrayed on the sides of the fuselage and on the wings of fighter aircraft and helicopters of the Air Force. There is also a lighted torch symbolizing the perpetual transmission of knowledge. They are on a blue background symbolizing the Hellenism and the color of our skies.
The right half depicts two instruments, a triangle and a compass/angle meter symbolizing the technical status of the Academy, as well as a propeller that is a symbol of the flying engine on which all required knowledge is implemented. This half of the emblem is on red background. Red is a symbol of the blood of the Academy graduates who died for the country.
The Academy’s original headquarters from 1946 to 1999 was Dekelia Airport. After the destructive earthquake of 1999 and to-date, the Academy was sheltered at 128 Telecommunications & Electronics Training Group in Kavouri, whereas the laboratories and some support facilities were in Dekelia. In 2009, the Academy returned to it’s natural and historical grounds at Dekeleia Air Base until December 2019.