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Jun 29 2012

Italian Land Forces Commander visits Ugo Mara Barracks

SOLBIATE OLONA (VA), 29 JUNE 2012. UGO MARA Barracks played host to the Italian Land Forces Commander on Friday, June 29th, during a visit to the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy).

Lieutenant General Roberto Bernardini, from Land Forces Command in Verona, was updated on operational affairs and took the opportunity to meet Senior National Representatives from the fifteen different nations that combine to form the Headquarters.

He then headed a parade from the Italian Army before touring the services and infrastructure in the barracks, meeting individuals from the gymnasium to the crèche and seeing at first-hand the community spirit amongst members.

The visit concluded with a Press Conference in the camp’s City Garden, alongside Lieutenant General Giorgio Battisti, Commander of the Nato Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy), and the mayor of Solbiate Olona.

General Bernardini said: I am here to confirm our commitment to NATO as a member state and to give all my support to the men and women that in the next year are going to deploy to ISAF to bring peace and stability to the Afghan people.

Visiting such a unique unit has given me the chance to see how well the concept of Smart Defence has been brought to reality here: 15 Contributing Nations of the Alliance working together with the same goal and under the same flag.

Story by NRDC Public Affairs Office


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