“Aίεν Υψικρατείν” (Always Govern the Heights)
This phrase was first stated by Wing Commander (and later Major General) Spyros Papaspyros, the Commander of the Center for Classification of the Gaza Base. The phrase was mentioned in the Daily Order of October 5th, 1941 which is also the same day in which he welcomed the 335th Squadron to Egypt; the first Hellenic Squadron of Fighter Aircrafts in the Middle East.
The Hellenic Air Force General Staff (HAFGS) is located at the Papagou Military Base at the Municipality of Filotheis – Psychikou in the Attica Region.
The HAFGS is the Supreme Hierarchical Echelon of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), which is in place to support the Ministry of Defense and as an administrative organ, to manage the staff, equipment and assets belonging to the HAF, with the supervision of the Chief of the HAF (C/HAF), as has been set by the «Order of the Ministry of Defense». Its mission is to plan, direct, coordinate and control the operation of the HAF, so as to assist the Ministry of Defense, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (C/HNDGS) and the C/HAF in their executive role and task force at both times of peace and war.
The HAFGS consists of Branches and Divisions, all of which assist in the implementation of the executive orders authorized by the Chief of the HAF, who also fulfills his tasks with the help of his Administrative Office.
The Branches of the HAFGS are divided as follows:
- The A’ Branch (Operations)
- The B’ Branch (Staff)
- The C’ Branch (Support)
- The D’ Branch (Policy and Planning)