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Retired Rear Admiral Appointed VP of AHI-Athens Chapter

No. 58

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WASHINGTON, DC — The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) announces the appointment of retired Rear Admiral Vasileios Kyriazis to the position of Vice President of the AHI-Athens chapter.

Rear Admiral Kyriazis, a 1979 graduate of the Hellenic Naval Academy, served in the Hellenic Navy in combat positions for 32 years and retired in 2011 after obtaining the rank of Rear Admiral.  During his service in the Hellenic Navy, Kyriazis served in a variety of warships as a staff officer and commanding officer. He also served in staff and administrative positions in Greece and abroad, as a senior and flag officer, including at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium (2002-2003); and Naval attaché of the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C. (2006-2008)

“We are truly fortunate to have Rear Admiral Kyriazis serve the AHI-Athens chapter,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “His knowledge and expertise of Greece’s defense capabilities are an asset to our organization, especially as Greece’s security role in the region becomes increased.”

During his career, Rear Admiral Kyriazis was awarded with the Gold Cross of the Order of Phoenix, the Gold Cross of the Order of Merit, the Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, and the Commander of the Order of Merit. Additionally, He is a member of the International Propeller club of the United States, and a member of the Yacht Club of Greece.

Rear Admiral Kyriazis is married to Konstadina Kyriazis, and they have one son, Spyros, 32, and one daughter, Sofia.