Greek Major General Retires to Cut Army Costs


Major General Ioannis Tsaknis delivered his “goodbye speech” to Greece’s first infantry division Monday, and emphatically underscored the effect of the country’s drastic military funding cuts.

“I do not leave the post because I am fed up with what I am doing or because I stopped loving my job. The financial strains forced me to quit the army.” He underlined that “if I were to choose from the start what I would do for living, I would choose again to become a military officer.”

Ioannis Tsaknis was regarded as an exemplary commando who served his unit well, and was highly decorated for his organizational and leadership skills.