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Commander, III Corps/NDC-GR|Michail Kostarakos Wikipedia
General Michail Kostarakos (Greek: Μιχαήλ Κωσταράκος, born 1956) is a Hellenic Army officer who served as the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff in 2011–2015. He is the designated Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, taking office from 6 November 2015.
Michail Kostarakos was born in Thessaloniki in February 1956. He is the son of Major General Dimitrios Kostarakos, who fought in the Greek Civil War and the Korean War. 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 a Second Lieutenant of Artillery. 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 Center, 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. On 13 November 2014 he was elected as the next Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, with a three-year tenure starting from November 2015.
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.
On 20 August 2015, the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence decided the retirement of Kostarakos and his replacement with the hitherto Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, taking effect on 15 September. Kostarakos was immediately recalled to active duty pending his assumption of the post of Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, which took place on 6 November 2015.