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Frangoulis Frangos

Frangoulis Frangos
Φραγκούλης Φράγκος
Minister for National Defence
In office
17 May 2012 – 21 June 2012
Preceded by Dimitris Avramopoulos
Succeeded by Panos Panagiotopoulos
Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff
In office
6 August 2009 – 1 November 2011
Preceded by Lt. Gen. Dimitrios Voulgaris
Succeeded by Lt. Gen. Konstantinos Ziazias
Personal details
Born 1951
Komotini, Greece
Nationality Greek
Occupation Hellenic Army officer

General Frangoulis Frangos (Greek: Φραγκούλης Φράγκος, born Komotini 1951) is a retired Greek Army officer, former chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff and former Minister for National Defence.

He was born in Komotini and entered the Hellenic Army Academy in 1970, graduating in 1974 first of his class and being named a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He is a graduate of the Supreme War School and of the NATO Defence College.[1] He also pursued studies in Law at the University of Athens, continuing with post-graduate courses in European and International Law at the Panteion University. Frangos also received a doctorate in Geopolitics from the Ionian University.[1] He served in Special Forces units early in his career, qualifying as a paratrooper, as well as in staff and command positions of larger formations, as well as Greece's Army attache and Defence attache in the Greek embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Frangos commanded the 32nd Marines Brigade in 2002–2003, before being assigned to head the Hellenic National Defence General Staff's Planning Directorate. In 2004 he was promoted to Major General and assumed command of the Inter-service Military Intelligence Directorate. In 2006 he assumed command of the 16th Mechanized Infantry Division. A year later he was promoted to Lt. General and assumed command of the II Army Corps, and in 2008 he was placed as commander of the First Army in Larissa.[1] On 6 August 2009, by decision of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence, he was appointed Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff,[1] a position he held until a surprise major reshuffle in the Greek military leadership on 1 November 2011.[2] Frangos retired with the rank of full General.

On 17 May 2012 he was named as Minister for National Defence in the caretaker cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos, which led the country until the June general election.[3]

General Frangos is married and has two children. He speaks English, Russian and Turkish.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Νέα ηγεσία στις Ένοπλες Δυνάμεις αποφάσισε το ΚΥΣΕΑ" (in Greek).  
  2. ^ "Ξήλωσε την ηγεσία των Ενόπλων Δυνάμεων" (in Greek).  
  3. ^ "Δέκα ώρες για μία υπηρεσιακή κυβέρνηση" (in Greek).  
Political offices
Preceded by
Dimitris Avramopoulos
Minister for National Defence of Greece
17 May – 21 June 2012
Succeeded by
Panos Panagiotopoulos
Military offices
Preceded by
Lt General Dimitrios Voulgaris
Chief of the Hellenic Army General Staff
6 August 2009 – 1 November 2011
Succeeded by
Lt General Konstantinos Ziazias
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