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.