Lieutenant General (ret) General Stavros Koutris, a graduate of “Evelpidon” Military Academy, Class ’78, has served as an officer in several Infantry and Special Forces units and has commanded all army levels from platoon to division. As a staff officer has served to several Staffs from Corps level to the Ministry of National Defence. He was appointed to PJHQ, Northwood UK, as Greek liaison officer during the first British commanding tour of ISAF in Kabul Afghanistan and as a military advisor to Hellenic Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna.
His senior assignments were Director G3/Hellenic Army General Staff as Brigadier General and Commander of “Evelpidon” Military Academy and Commander of 98 Inf. Div. “ARCHIPELAGOS” of Lesvos island as Major General.
During his career as a staff officer he was involved in National Defence Planning and worked out the following 3 main studies as chief executive officer: “Special Forces for the ARMY 2010”, 1999, “ Transformation and Reorganisation of the Hellenic Army”, 2006, “Restructuring the Education and Training of Army Officer”, 2010.
He graduated from several infantry and Special Forces schools in Greece, US and NATO and he was an active paratrooper and underwater demolition team member. He is a graduate of Supreme War College, Thessaloniki Greece and NATO Defence College, Rome.
He was awarded an MSc degree in Computer Science from University of ESSEX, UK and a Diploma in Strategy and International Relations from CENTRE D’ ΈTUDE DIPLOMATIQUES ET STRATΈGIQUES (CEDS), Greece.
After his retirement he was awarded the rank of Lt.Gen (Ret) and the title of Honorary Commander of the 98th Inf. Div. “ARCHIPELAGOS”.
He is an external fellow at the Hellenic National Defence College and the Army Command and Staff College. He is Co-founder of the “Advanced Battlefield Studies Greece”.