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Sep 28 2007

HQ NRDC-IT Hosts a Visitnby the ITA chief of the General Staff

SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 28 September 07. HQ NRDC-IT hosts a visit by the Italian Chief of the General Staff, General Fabrizio Castagnetti, today.

General Castagnetti was received by the Commander NRDC-IT, Lieutenant General Giuseppe Gay, at the Corps’s HQ in Ugo Mara Barracks today.

General Castagnetti received a briefing on the Headquarters structure, on its current commitments and on the next future activities.

After a tour of the barracks infrastructure, the Italian Army Chief of Staff addressed the assembled officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the HQ and Signal Brigade. After that, he had lunch in the Officers’ Club.

Regarding this important visit, General Gay says I am proud to have hosted, albeit briefly, the Chief of the General Staff of the Italian Army. It has certainly been useful to have been able to show him our structure and operational capability, even if we can still see clearly his “footprint” as former Commander of this HQ.

I believe that General Castagnetti has seen his views confirmed regarding the ability of the Italian Army to operate in a NATO environment, particularly given our role as the Land Component Command of the NATO Response Force during the second half of 2007.

After a very busy programme, the distinguished visitor departed at around 2 pm.

Story by NRDC Public Affairs Office


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