On September 6th, 2018, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece Commander, Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS, welcomed in the Headquarters’ premises the Alternate Minister of Defence (MoD) Mr. Panagiotis RIGAS, who paid an official visit, accompanied by the Chief of the Army LGEN Alkiviadis STEFANIS.
After an official welcome ceremony, a briefing was delivered to the distinguished visitor regarding the structure, role and mission of NRDC-GR as well as the upcoming challenges during the Stand By Period of NATO Long Term Rotation Plan (LTRP), where HQ participates after its transformation to Joint Task Force (JTF) HQ.
Alternate MoD Mr. Panagiotis RIGAS, addressing to the staff he expressed his appreciation to the Allied personnel for their performance and highlighted the importance of NRDC-GR in the content of defence diplomacy in Greece. Additionally he pointed out the importance of defence and military diplomacy in order to reach peace, security and stability, not only in Balkans but worldwide as well, adding that the use of force should be the last measure to implement and only if all other soft power tools of negotiations fail.
Further more Chief of the Army LGEN Alkiviadis STEFANIS expressed his gratitude to the Alternate MoD for the visit and his support to NRDC-GR and he added “I am proud for the HQ achieving excellent results during the recent NATO evaluation as JTF HQ.”
Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS welcomed the Alternate MoD to the HQ and expressed his great pleasure and honor for today’s visit. Additionally he said “NRDC-GR remains an essential NATO Force Structure HQ and vital tool for national defence diplomacy recognizing the significance of the Alliance according the principles of Democracy, Sovereignty and common Security”.
After the memorabilia exchange, the Alternate MoD singed the HQ’s Guest book which was followed by a commemorative family photo in front of NRDC-GR HQ. Such important visits is an opportunity for NRDC-GR to promote its success as well as enhancing perception about HQ’s key role in a challenging geostrategic location.