On April 27th, 2018, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece Commander, Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS, welcomed in the Headquarters’ premises the USA Ambassador, H.E. Geoffrey R. PYATT, who paid an official visit accompanied by the USA Consul General in Thessaloniki, Mrs. Rebecca A. FONG.
After an official welcome ceremony and a Commander’s office call, a briefing was delivered to the distinguished visitor, regarding the structure, role and mission of NRDC-GR as well as the upcoming challenges on the way ahead to its transition to Joint Headquarters.
Lieutenant General Dimitrios BIKOS in his opening remarks said “It is a great honor today to have with us the US Ambassador in the HQ. We really appreciate his support not only to NRDC-GR but also to the Hellenic Army and the Armed Forces”. The General pointed in his remarks the great support of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff over the last years especially in terms of augmentation and funding.
U.S. Ambassador, H.E. Geoffrey R. PYATT, addressing the staff congratulated the NRDC-GR for assuming joint command for the first time, highlighting the geostrategic importance of northern Greece. He added, “We deeply value our partnership with Greece, a pillar of stability in the region, and continue to deepen our defense and security relationship.” He further stated, “when we look at this part of the world we see an enormous level of unpredictability and so it is even more important for us to work together bilaterally and through NATO to set a collective approach for this dynamic strategic environment.”
After the memorabilia exchange, the USA Ambassador 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 Commander’s vision and intent thus enhancing perception about HQ’s key role in the Alliance.