Greek Air Force Commander Georgios Kumentakis resigned at noon on Monday 9 August.
The resignation is associated with the problems of using army aviation equipment to extinguish fires. An official statement by the ΓΕΕΘΑ headquarters is expected, which is currently determining whether army aviation was legitimately used to extinguish fires (in a civilian situation).
Earlier, he was reportedly informed of his transfer to another position (in the National Defense Fund, Ταμείο Εθνικής Άμυνας), which indirectly related to the imputation of responsibility for attempts to use army firefighting equipment during extinguishing fires in various parts of the country. Mr. Kumentakis demanded a meeting with General Constantinos Floros and submitted a letter of resignation.
The event was preceded by an extraordinary convocation of the Supreme Military Council under the Ministry of National Defense under the command of General Konstantinos Floros.
SYRIZA issued an announcement commenting on the resignation of Georgios Kumentakis from his position as Air Force Commander, stating: “Just last Friday, Mr. from the air, of which 32 helicopters, including the US Air Force Σινούκ. The Army Air Force Commander resigned today for reasons related to the use of Σινούκ helicopters in extinguishing fires. Thus, Mr. Skerzos either knew that the specific helicopters were not in working order (ready for service) and deliberately lied to the Greek people, or he did not know and lied only to impress.
In both cases, this (…) is unacceptable! This explains the government’s refusal to answer daily questions from the SYRIZA Progressive Alliance about the exact number of aircraft in operation.
Apparently, the state failed to convince the citizens affected by the fire that they could not distinguish between airplanes and helicopters on the basis of “aviation characteristics” (λόγους αεροναυπηγικής), and now began to look for scapegoats, thereby only exacerbating the unprecedented catastrophe. “