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Brigadier General Georgios Kallinis, BA, MBA, MMV, KGCOM, KGCOP

 

Brigadier General (Ret) Georgios Kallinis - Senior Fellow of New Westminster College - www.newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Brigadier General Georgios Kallinis, BA, MBA, MMV, KGCOM, KGCOP

Brigadier General Georgios Kallinis is a retired senior officer of the Hellenic Army and Senior Fellow of New Westminster College. He was born in 1960 in the town of Florina, which is located in the historic region of Macedonia in GREECE. He was admitted to the Hellenic Military Academy in Athens in 1979 and in 1983 was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Branch. After he had attended the Basic Infantry Course in the Infantry School and successfully passed the Special Forces Assessment and Parachutists’ training, was appointed to Special Forces Corps where he served until July 1999. Since then, he successfully commanded two different Infantry Battalions and served in a number of NATO posts and missions. He retired on Jul 11, 2011.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 1984 – 1985: Special Forces Training Centre, as Platoon Leader and Instructor
  • 1985 – 1988: “B” Commando Battalion, as Platoon Leader and Company Commander
  • 1988 – 1991: 2nd Parachutist Battalion, as Company Commander
  • 1991 – 1993: Hellenic Force inCyprus, as Company Commander
  • 1993 –1997: “B” Commando Battalion, as Company Commander (2 years), Training and Operations Officer (1 year), Battalion Deputy Commander (1 year)
    • 1997 – 1998: Hellenic Army Supreme War College, as attendee
    • 1998 – 1999: 1st Commando Regiment, as Chief S4
    • 1999 – 2001: 534th Special Border Battalion (GRC/TUR Border), as Battalion Commander
    • 2001 – 2004: NATO Sub-regional Joint Command South,Verona,Italy, as Logistics Plans & Policy Section Chief. During this assignment, he deployed for a six-month tour of duty in NATO HQ Skopje, as Special Forces & Counterterrorism NATO Adviser
    • 2004 – 2006:  506thInf (Mech) Battalion, as Battalion Commander. During this period his Battalion was involved in the security plan for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and immediately after that deployed and participated for six months in KFOR operations in Kosovo under the Multinational Task Force (East) a US-led multinational Brigade
      • 2006 – 2007:NATODEFENCECOLLEGE,Rome,Italy, as course member (SC 109)
      • 2007 – 2008: NATO Deployable Corps –Greece(NDC-GR), as Staff Workflow Management Chief (1 year) and Director of Staff (4 months)
      • Jul 2008 – Dec 2009: NATO CC Land HQ Madrid, as G1 Manpower & Personnel Div. Head
      • Dec 2009 – Jul 2011: NATO FORCE COMMAND MADRID, as Joint Coordination Centre/Operations Plans Coordinator (Chief, Ops Cell)

MILITARY TRAINING

  • Basic Infantry Course
  • Basic Parachutists Training Course
  • Special Forces Course
  • Mountain Warfare / Climbing Course
  • Advanced Infantry Course
  • Jump Masters Course
  • Free Fall Parachutists Course
  • Basic Reconnaissance Patrol Course (Germany)
  • LongRangePatrol Course (Germany)
  • Close QuarterBattleCourse (Germany)
  • Survival with Resistance to Interrogation Course (Germany)
  • Advanced Special Operations Planning Course
  • Infantry Battalion Commanders’ Course
  • Joint Strategic Intelligence Course
  • NATO Courses (Germany): Staff Officers Orientation, Crisis Management, Multinational Joint Logistics Centre, Logistics, Operational Logistics Planning, CIMIC, Senior Officers Policy

 MILITARY EDUCATION

  • 1979 – 1983: Hellenic Military Academy (BA Military Science), Athens, Greece Hellenic Military Academy is rated among the Top 10 most rigorous and prestigious Military Academies in the World. (http://www.onlinecollege.org/10-most-prestigious-military-academies-in-the-world )
  • 1997 – 1998: Hellenic Army Supreme War College (Defense Studies), Thessaloniki, Greece. The War College was the Army’s ultimate professional development institution that prepared selected military, civilian, and international leaders for the responsibilities of strategic leadership in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment.
  • 2006 – 2007: Senior Course 109, at NATO Defense College (Postgraduate Diploma, International Security, Strategic & Defense Studies), Rome, Italy. The mission of the NATO Defense College is to contribute to the effectiveness and cohesion of the Alliance, to foster strategic level thinking on pol-mil matters, to develop a major centre of education, study, and research by preparing selected officers and officials for important NATO and NATO-related multinational appointments, conducting academic studies and research in support of the Alliance’s wider goals and supporting an active outreach programme with other educational institutions.
  • 2009: NATO Senior Leadership Programme at College of Management and Technology of the UK Defence Academy in cooperation with Cranfield University, Shrivenham, United Kingdom. The aim of the programme was to enhance leadership at the corporate level across NATO and covered four main topic areas; Reflection, Creating the Climate, Information Age and Change & Looking Forward.

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

Brigadier General Kallinis holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Human Resources Management (HRM) with the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, GREECE.

DECORATIONS

  • Knight Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix, awarded by HE the President of the Hellenic Republic
  • Knight Gold Cross of the Order of Merit (in process)
  • Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix, awarded by HE the President of the Hellenic Republic
  • Gold Cross of the Order of Merit, awarded by HE the President of the Hellenic Republic
  • Medal for Military Valour, awarded by HE the Minister of National Defense
  • Medal for Meritorious Command, awarded by HE the Minister of National Defense
  • Staff Officer Service Commendation Medal, awarded by HE the Minister of National Defense
  • Peace Support Operations Commendation Medal, awarded by HE the Minister of National Defense
  • NATO non-article 5 Operations Medal (twice), awarded by HE the Secretary General of NATO
  • The Medal of Merit of the State of California, awarded by the Military Department, State of California
  • The California State Commendation Medal, awarded by the Military Department, State of California
  • Commendation for his dedication to duty and valuable contribution during the organization and conduct of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, awarded by the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff
  • The US Army Parachutist Badge, awarded by the 1st Special Forces Battalion / 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

OTHER AWARDS

BGen Kallinis is recipient of the USA National Infantry Association “Order of Saint Maurice” Medal, Level of Peregrinus (No 00073).

A nominee for the Order of Saint Maurice must have served the Infantry community with distinction; demonstrated a significant contribution in support of the Infantry; and represent the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence, and dedication to duty. The “Peregrinus” level is awarded to foreign military personnel who have served in or supported the U.S. Infantry.

His outstanding performance has been also recognized by his commanders and supervisors with several commendation and appreciation certificates and numerous Personal Coins “For Excellence”.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

Brigadier General Kallinis is a long distance runner and five times (so far) Marathon finisher. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, cycling, travelling and reading.

As a Senior Fellow of New Westminster College, Brigadier General Georgios Kallinis is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and ethical leadership, and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

 
 

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