KABUL (AFGHANISTAN), 04 August 2005. Attended by His Excellency President Karzai and Italian Foreign Minister Fini, and presided over by General Gehard Back of Joint Force Command Brunssum and NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative, Minister Çetin, today Italian Lieutenant General Mauro del Vecchio received the ISAF flag from Turkish Lieutenant General Ethem Erdaği to mark the occasion of the change of command of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force.
VERONA (VR) 1st AUGUST 2005. NRDC-IT Commander left Italy from the airport of Verona Villafranca in northern Italy the 1st of August late in the night.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA) 28 JULY 2005. NRDC-IT welcomes the arrival of a new member among the contributing nations: Bulgaria, starting from today, is the 12 th nation belonging to the HQ based in Italy.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 21July 2005. Members of the Italian sponsored High Readiness Headquarters have started deploying to Kabul for assuming command of NATO's mission in Afghanistan and form the next International Security and Assistance Force by the beginning of August.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 28 June 05. On the eve of its departure for Kabul to command ISAF VIII, this Headquarters has received an operational send-off from Minister Salvatore Cicu, under-secretary of state for Defence.
Stavanger, 24 June 2005. As a result of its 10-day Misssion Rehearsal Training at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway, HQ NRDC-IT has comfortably met the criteria required to assume command of NATO’s mission in Afghanistan and form the next International Security and Assistance Force in August.
In the final stage of its journey to assume command of ISAF, HQ NRDC-IT has this week deployed to NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway, to conduct Exercise EAGLE THUNDER from 11 to 23 June.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA) 25 May 05. HQ NRDC-IT has hosted a visit from General Peter Pace, currently Vice Chairman and designated the new Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Defence Staff.
After months of preparation, HQ NRDC-IT has finally begun its main preparatory exercise for assumption of Headquarters ISAF.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA) 19 Apr 05. This Headquarters has received a visit from Lieutenant General D J Richards CBE DSO, Commander of the Germany-based NATO Corps, which will share with HQ NRDC-IT an 18-month tour of duty in Afghanistan as HQ ISAF.
KABUL (AFGHANISTAN) 15 April 2005. As part of the comprehensive build up to assumption of command of HQ ISAF VIII, this Headquarters has completed a detailed reconnaissance of the Afghan theatre to better inform its preparation and training.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 8 MARCH 2005. More than three hundred students from local schools have peacefully invaded Ugo Mara Barracks, home of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 15 February 2005. 6 months before this command is due to take over the NATO HQ ISAF mission in Kabul, the staff has begun a protracted period of training.
MILAN, 24 Jan 05. High Representatives from NATO HQ in Bruxelles, Italian Defense Staff in Rome and NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy took part to a conference organized by the Journalist Association of Lombardy, with the support of NRDC-IT, in order to promote a better understanding of the Alliance’s transformation and changes after 11 September 2001.
SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 13 JAN 2005. After six months spent on stand-by role, ready to be deployed within only five days notice, next 14 January NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy will end its tour of duty as Land Component Command for the third rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF 3).