|Place of birth||Thessaloniki|
|Commands held||Commander, III Corps/NDC-GR; Chief of Staff of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff|
Life and career
Michail Kostarakos was born in Thessaloniki in February 1956. He completed his school studies in the University of Thessaloniki's Experimental School, before enrolling in the Hellenic Army Academy in 1974, from which he graduated in 1978 as an Artillery Second Lieutenant. Kostarakos served in various posts in both field and especially anti-aircraft artillery (the MIM-23 Hawk system), attended various schools and academies (including the US Army's Hawk course at Fort Bliss), as well as in senior staff positions in NATO's International Military Staff, the KFOR's Joint Operation Centre, and Greece's NDC-GR. As a field officer (Brigadier General in 2006), he commanded the 96th National Guard Higher Command at Chios, the 3rd Bureau and the Operations Command of the Hellenic Army General Staff, the 12th Mechanized Infantry Division, and finally the III Army Corps/NDC-GR, before being promoted to full General and assuming the post of Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff on 1 November 2011. He has been awarded with several distinctions, including the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, the Grand Commander of the Order of Honour, the Armenian Medal for Military Co-operation, and the NATO Medal for the Balkans.
General Kostarakos is married and has two daughters. He also speaks English and French, has completed a graduate degree in the Law School of the University of Athens, and holds a post-graduate degree in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies.
Air Chief Marshal Ioannis Giagkos
|Chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff
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