Major General Nikolaos Sarris, son of Georgios and Styliani, was born in Hania, Crete, Greece in 1951. He graduated from the Hellenic Army Academy as a Signal Officer in 1972.
Following his graduation from the Hellenic Army Signal School in 1974, he served as platoon and company commander in various signal units.
Major General Sarris also studied Advanced Electronics in Athens University from 1980 to 1982 and in 1983 he attended the U.S. Signal Officers Advanced Course in Augusta, Georgia.
From 1985 to 1988, Major General Sarris had his first NATO assignment in Naples, Italy as Electronic Warfare Officer in AFSOUTH Operations Division.
Coming back to Greece, he commanded a Signal Battalion in Greek Thrace until 1990, then attended and successfully graduated from the National War College.
A variety of staff positions in major military formations followed until his successful graduation from the National Defence College in 1995.
From 1996 to 1999 he was assigned again to AFSOUTH as Chief, Systems Operations Branch in CIS Division.
Returning to Greece, he was assigned a dual-hatted duty: Commander of AFSOUTH Advanced Command Post and Commander of KFOR Communications Zone South, both situated in Thessaloniki, the capital of Macedonia, in Northern Greece.
Promoted to Brigadier General in April 2000, he was appointed Chief of Staff at C' Corps Hellenic Army in Thessaloniki. He has held this position for two years.
Upon his promotion to Major General, in March 2002, he was assigned Deputy Commander at C' Corps Hellenic Army until he assumed the position of Chief of Staff, Joint Command Southeast on 31 March 2003.
Major General Sarris holds numerous national and international decorations and medals. Other than English, he has studied for many years French and Italian as well.
He is married to Maria Sarris and they have two daughters, Stella and Katerina. They have both graduated from Thessaloniki University, after studying Greek Literature and International European Political Studies, respectively.