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02 September, 1999
The NATO flag was raised yesterday at the NATO sub-headquarters in Tyrnavos, Larissa, in northern Greece, one of the four southern NATO sub-headquarters activated yesterday.
The official ceremony for the event, at least for the Tyrnavos headquarters, is scheduled for October 5 with the attendance of national leadership and NATO representatives, while the NATO representation level will be determined during a special meeting with the Greek General Staff leadership.
Final staffing for the Tyrnavos headquarters is forecast at 453 commissioned and non-commissioned officers, while 815 individuals are employed there today upon activation, of whom 50% are Greeks.
The activation of the Tyrnavos headquarters coincides with the first large air-naval exercise to be conducted early December at the Southern NATO Wing.
Within the activation-framework of the Southern NATO Wing sub-headquarters yesterday, the Airforce Operations Center (AKE) of the Tactical Airforce Headquarters evolved into a Coordinated Action Operational Center (CAOC), coming directly under the operational jurisdiction of the Southern NATO Wing Airforce commander.
The CAOC will be of a "temporary" nature until its relocation on the NATO installations at Kontohero.
Tactical Airforce Lieutenant General Panayiotis Manousos is the commander of the CAOC, while the position of the vice-commander will be held by a US brigadier general.
According to the staffing plan, the Center will be staffed with 94 permanent commissioned and non-commissioned airforce officers, of whom 50% will be Greek.
Source: Athens News Agency