Major General (GRC A)
CHIEF OF STAFF NRDC-GR
MGen Konstantinos GOUNARIS was born in Alistrati Serres, in 1964. He was admitted to the Hellenic Army Academy in 1984, and in 1988 he received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch.
He was promoted as follows:
Lieutenant: 1991 Captain: 1995 Major: 2001 Lieutenant Colonel: 2007 Colonel: 2013 Brigadier General: 2017 Major General: 2020
He was appointed to several assignments, to include:
• Platoon and Company Commander in various Infantry and SF Units,
• Instructor in the Unconventional Warfare Training Centre,
• Staff Officer in the 32nd Marines Brigade,
• 505 Marines Battalion Deputy Commander,
• Staff Officer (Functional Area Policy and Guidance) in NATO ACT,
• Staff Officer in the Hellenic Army General Staff (HAGS) SF Directorate,
• Staff Officer in ISAF HQ,
• 575 Marines Battalion Commander,
• Aide de Camp to the Minister of Defence
• SF Training Centre Commander,
• Deputy Director the HAGS SF Directorate,
• Director of Management of the JFC Naples HQ,
• 1st Commando Brigade Commander,
• 1st Infantry Division Commander.
He attended successfully all national basic and advanced mandatory training for Infantry Officers, as well as a variety of national and international (at ISTC and WPC) SF Courses, including the USAJFKSWCS SF (Fort Bragg) Qualification Course from which he graduated as Distinguished Allied Officer Graduate.
He also attended several courses at NATO School and the Canadian Forces Training Development Centre. He graduated as Distinguished Honor Graduate from the US Army Intelligence Centre, Intelligence Officers Basic Course.
He graduated from the Hellenic Supreme Joint War and the National Defence Colleges. He holds MA in Applied Strategy and International Security. He is a certified PMP and a member of the Hellenic Negotiators Association.
He has been awarded all decorations, commendations and medals provided for his rank, commanding and staff assignments.
He speaks English fluently, as well as French in intermediate level.
He is married to Mrs Foteini Sarigkoli and they have 4 children.
On 10th of March 2021, MGen Konstantinos GOUNARIS has been appointed as Chief of Staff of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece.