HAFA Commander

Major General  Antonios Vasileiou

Major General Antonios Vasileiou is the Commander of the Hellenic Air Force Academy (HAFA).

He is responsible for the appropriate scientific, military, social and cultural education, of Pilots, Engineers and other Officers of the Air Force.

Education

He was born in Thessaloniki. He joined the Hellenic Air Force Academy in1983 and graduated in 1987 as 2nd Lieutenant.

He graduated from:

  • Flight Safety School
  • Instructors School
  • Tactical Weapons School
  • Air War College/Junior Officers
  • Flight Safety School, N. Mexico USA
  • Instrument Flight Training Center
  • Instructors Center CRM-ORM, Tennessee USA
  • Flight Safety Institute, Paris France
  • Air Command & Staff College in Air University, Alabama USA
  • NATO Defence College, Rome Italy

He speaks English.

Assignments

  • March 2021: Commander of the HAFA
  • March 2020 – March 2021: Director of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS) Air Defence Directorate (A4)
  • March 2019 – March 2020: Director of the HNDGS Defence Planning Directorate (D2)
  • June 2018 – March 2019: Section Head at HNDGS Defence Planning Directorate (D2/3)
  • May 2017 – June 2018: Commander of 135 Combat Group
  • December 2016 – May 2017: Section Head at Hellenic Air Force General Staff (HAFGS) Defence Planning and Programming Directorate (D2/1)
  • October 2013 – December 2016: Defence Attaché at the Hellenic Embassy in Doha (Qatar)
  • March 2011 – October 2013: Section Head at HAFGS Defence Planning and Programming Directorate (D2/1)
  • July 2010 – March 2011: Staff Officer at HAFGS Defence Planning and Programming Directorate (D2/1)
  • June 2008 – July 2010: Commander of 114CW/332 Squadron
  • May 2006 – June 2008: Operations Officer of 114CW/332 Squadron
  • July 2004 – May 2006: Operations Officer of 114CW/Operational Conversion Unit
  • June 2003 – July 2004: Trainee in the USA
  • May 2000 – June 2003: Staff Officer at HAFGS Flight Safety Directorate
  • September 1999 – May 2000: Officer of 114CW Standardization – Evaluation Office
  • July 1991 – September 1999: Pilot at 114CW/331 Squadron
  • July 1990 – July 1991: Trainee at 114CW/Operational Conversion
  • April 1988 – July 1990: Pilot at 110CW/349 Squadron
  • May 1988 – April 1989: Trainee at 111CW/Operational Conversion
  • June 1987 – May 1988: Trainee at 120ATW

Flight Experience

He has more than 3000 flight hours.

He has flown with T-41D, T-37B/C, T-2E, F-5A and M – 2000EGM/BGM aircraft.

Promotions

  • 2nd Lieutenant: 26/05/1987
  • 1st Lieutenant: 26/07/1990
  • Captain: 26/07/1994
  • Major: 31/05/1999
  • Lieutenant Colonel: 30/06/2003
  • Colonel: 23/03/2011
  • Brigadier General: 07/03/2019
  • Lieutenant General: 02/03/2021

Medals and Decorations

  • Commander of the Order of Honor
  • Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix
  • Medal of Military Merit 1st Class
  • Air Force Formation Command Medal 3rd Class
  • Air Force Meritorious Command Medal 1st Class
  • Staff Officer Service Commendation Medal 2nd Class