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Τhe Engineering of the Hellenic (Greek) Army was first established on the 28th of July 1829. The first Governor Ioannis KAPODISTRIAS established th "Corps of Fortification and Architecture of the Hellenic Army officers'' at NAFPLIO city (which was the first capital city).
The mission of the Corps was the working out of studies and plans for the construction, maintenance and improvement of army and public building fortifications, also bridges, streets and other constructions as well as monitoring their implementation.
After this period, the Engineers of the Nation participated in all combat periods (including WW I, the 1920 Minor Asia campaign, WW II, 1945 civil war and other).

It is worthwhile mentioning the great social and military contribution of Engineering in the establishment of the Service beacon (1910), the Service Cartography (1911), the Air Force (1912-13), the Fire Corps (1930) and the Signal Corps (1946).

Emblem - motto

The GRC ME emblem is the ram. It symbolizes the siege ram which was used for violating entrenchments, designating the striking nature of ancient Greek army. Over the ram there is a motto, which says 'along with words, come actions', meaning immediate action after a decision has been taken, it must be implemented, exactly as in the operations of MILENG. This motto comes from "Tactics", a book by the Byzantine emperor Leon VI "the Wise". This motto expresses a military principle, which was adopted, preserved and delivered by the Ancient Greeks through Byzantium to modern times.

Mission of Hellenic Army MILENG

During military ops, the main role of the MILENG (in addition to general engineer purpose tasks) is the support of friendly forces mobility and survivability and the increase of force protection and counter mobility.

MILENG School / Training Center

The heart of GRC MILENG, is the MILENG SCHOOL which is located in LOUTRAKI city, next to the well-known CORINTH Canal (or "Isthmus"). The place has great historical significance as it is close to the site of the "Diolkos", an ancient track dating from 600 BC, built to move boats across the land of Isthmus, a technical wonder of its times. Basic and operational training takes place in MILENG TRAINING CENTER, located at NAFPLION city.

MILENG structure in the Hellenic Army formations

• In every Army Corps: Two Bn’ s and one Bridging Coy.
• In every mechanized or armor brigade: One MILENG mechanized Coy.

Special MILENG capabilities

This unique Bn is a double role ME unit. The first is land demining and the second is EOD and C-IED operations.

Peace Support Ops / missions participation

UNITAF (Somalia):
Engineer Personnel and MILENG assets (March 1993 to March 1994).
One Engineer platoon and other MILENG assets (February 1996 to March 1999).
FMP (Albania):
One Engineer Coy (April 1997 to April 1999).
One Engineer platoon and other MILENG assets (May 1999 to January 2003).
KFOR (Kosovo):
One Engineer Bn (from June 1999 to March 2003).
One Engineer platoon (assigned to JLSG) and other MILENG assets (from June 2003 to February 2011).
ISAF (Afghanistan):
One special Engineer Coy in KMNB / RCC AOR (February 2002 to March 2011).
NRF relief mission (Pakistan):
Engineer personnel (October 2005 to January 2006).

International Co - training

Afghanistan NA: MILENG operational training focused both on earthmoving machinery and on initial sapper training, under the command of MNEG (from February 2002 to March 2011).
MILENG CoE: A one-week Mobile Training Team Course (07 to 11 September 2015).
Iraqi ARMY: Demining and C-IED training in GRC MILENG SCHOOL (May 2016).

Looking to the future

Aim: Promoting further the concept of INTEROPERABILITY, conducting top performance ops and improving personnel’s skills especially in Base Camp Planning MILENG contribution in Force Protection, C-IED and Route Clearance.