Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff

Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff

Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou

Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou is the Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff. As Chief, he is responsible for the organization, training and equipping of all military and civilian personnel of the Hellenic Air Force, serving in Greece and abroad. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Council, the General and other service Chiefs function as military advisors to the Minister of National Defence. He assumed his duties on January 16th, 2017.

Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou

Education

He was born in Drama. He joined the Hellenic Air Force Academy in 1977 and graduated in 1981 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

He graduated from:

  • Tactical Weapons School
  • Electronic Warfare School
  • Air-to-Ground Operations School
  • Flight Safety School
  • Air War College/Junior Officers
  • Air War College /Senior Officers
  •  Instruction System Development School
  • Electronic Warfare School in Sacramento, USA

He holds two postgraduate diplomas from the University of Essex, UK

  • Diploma in Computing
  • Master in Computer Science (MSc)

He speaks English.

Assignments

  • January 2017: Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff
  • March 2015 – January 2017: Chief of the Hellenic Tactical Air Force (HTAF)
  • March 2014 – March 2015: Commander of the Hellenic Air Force Support Command
  • March 2013 – March 2014: Commander of the Hellenic Air Force Training Command
  • August 2012 – March 2013: Deputy Chief of the HTAF
  • March 2011 – July 2012: Chief of Staff of the HTAF
  • March 2010 – March 2011: Director of HTAF Operations Branch (A)
  • April 2009 – March 2010: Director of HTAF Military Personnel – Welfare Directorate (B1)
  • March 2008 – April 2009: Commander of the Air Tactics Center
  • January 2007 – March 2008: Director of HTAF Informatics Directorate
  • July 2006 – January 2007: Director of HTAF Standardization – Evaluation Directorate
  • October 2005 – July 2006: Section Head at HTAF Air Defence Directorate (A4)
  • September 2004 – October 2005: Section Head at HTAF Standardization – Evaluation Directorate
  • August 2002 – September 2004: Operations-Training Director in 115CW
  • July 2000 – August 2002: Staff Officer in the Plans Section at Reaction Forces Air Staff (RFAS) Headquarters in Kalkar, Germany
  • June 1998 – July 2000: Commander of 111CW/330Squadron
  • October 1996 – June 1998: Head of 111CW Standardization – Evaluation Office
  • June 1989 – September 1994: 111CW/330Squadron’s Flight Commander in F-16C/D Aircraft
  • June 1981 – June 1989: Pilot at 111CW/341Squadron

 

Flight Experience

He has more than 3900 flight hours.

He has flown with T-41D, T-37B/C, T-2E, T-33A/B, F-5A/B, F-16C/D aircraft.

Promotions

  • 2nd Lieutenant       : 19/05/1981
  • 1st Lieutenant        : 25/05/1984
  • Captain                    : 02/06/1988
  • Major                        : 16/06/1993
  • Lieutenant Colonel: 06/05/1998
  • Colonel                     : 18/03/2003
  • Brigadier General  : 04/03/2009
  • Major General        : 09/03/2011
  • Lieutenant General : 02/03/2015

Medals – Decorations

  • Commander Breast Star of the Order of Honor
  • Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix
  • Medal of Military Merit 1st Class
  • Commendation Medal «Chief of General Staff»
  • Commendation Medal «Star of Merit and Honor»
  • Commendation Medal «Merit and Honor»
  • Air Force Formation Command Medal 1st Class
  • Air Force Meritorious Command Medal 1st Class
  • Staff Officer Service Commendation Medal 2nd Class