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Nikolaos Flaris

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General Nikolaos Flaris was born in 1963 in Melbourne-Australia. He was admitted to the Hellenic Army Academy in 1982 and graduated in 1986, having received his commission as Infantry 2nd Lieutenant.

As a junior Officer, he served in Special Forces Units as Platoon Leader and Company Commander (Paratroopers Battalion, Amphibious Raider Squadron, 32 Mechanised Marines Battalion).

He attended all the schools stipulated for his Arm and the Special Forces corresponding ones. He also attended the SOF at the International Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol School (ILRRPS) in Germany, the NATO Officers School in Oberammergau, the Special Operations planning school in Belgium as well as the European Union Operational Planning at the European Security and Defence College in Vienna.

In 2000 he attended the Supreme War College.

Throughout his career as a senior Officer he was assigned in 1999 as Deputy Commander of the 5th Special National Guard Detachment and after his graduation from the Supreme War College he served as staff officer in the 13th Special Operations Command.

He later served as adjutant of the Chief of HAGS (2002-2004) and in 2004 he was assigned at the SHAPE Strategic Direction Center (SDC) in Belgium where in 2007 he was awarded the highest commendation (commendation in recognition for exceptional services) for his services.

In 2007 he assumed the Command of the Z΄ Amphibious Raider Squadron (2007-2010) and he was later assigned as Head of National Plans at the HNDGS/Plans Directorate.

Upon his promotion to Colonel in 2011, he attended the National Defence College and was later assigned as Deputy Commander of the 13th Special Operations Command while in 2014 he was assigned as Deputy Director of the HAGS/Defence Planning and Programming Division.

In 2015 he was promoted to Brigadier General and was assigned the duties of the Commander of the 1st Raiders-Paratroopers Brigade. In 2016 he was assigned as the Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command.

In 2018 he was promoted to Major General retaining the post of Commander at the Joint Special Operations Command and in 2019 he was assigned the duties of the Commander of the 95 Higher National Guard Battalions Command “Diagoridon”.

As decided by the Chiefs of General Staffs Council on 09 March 2020 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and upon decision of the Governmental National Security Council he assumed the duties of HAGS Chief of Staff.

Lieutenant General Nikolaos Flaris has been awarded all the Decorations, Medals and Commendations provided for his rank.

He holds a diploma from the annual cycle of studies of the “Centre d’ Etudes Diplomatiques et Strategiques”. Furthermore, he holds a post-graduate diploma in “Political Science and Sociology” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

He is an active Paratrooper and Underwater Destroyer, as well as a fluent speaker of English and Bulgarian.

Lieutenant General Nikolaos Flaris is married to Mrs Pinelopi Papadaki, employee of the private sector, and has three children.