General Ellerman at the Multinational CIMIC Group

(To Army Majority State)

In recent days, in full compliance with the provisions on the containment of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, Brigadier General Marcus Ellerman, theAssistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) ofAllied Joint Force Command of Naples for the civil-military cooperation, visited the Mario Fiore Barracks in Motta di Livenza, seat of the Multinational CIMIC Group (MCNG).

After the welcome greetings, the commander of the MNCG, Colonel Mattia Zuzzi, accompanied General Ellerman to the meeting room where, in the presence of the international staff, he illustrated a briefing on the many activities of the department within NATO and in international missions.

At the end of the briefing, the ACOS J9 had the opportunity to visit the infrastructure and to attend training activities of the CIMIC battalion, as well as to meet the personnel specialized in civil-military cooperation.

The visit had the aim of intensifying relations between the MNCG and the JFCNP: the links between the two bodies are, in fact, not only related to joint training activities but also to NATO Response Force (NRF), or the package of forces readily deployable by the Alliance to rapidly intervene in crisis situations. Cyclically, the MNCG is in fact placed under the JFCNP as a specialist structure for the CIMIC function and includes in its staff not only personnel from all the Armed Forces, but also of different nationalities including: Greece, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Hungary . This staff, during the international mandate, specializes in civil-military cooperation by acquiring the qualification of "CIMIC Operator" recognized within the Atlantic Alliance, which allows them to participate in exercises or operations under the aegis of the UN, NATO and EU.

The visit ended with the signing of the honor roll and, before leaving the department, General Ellerman wanted to congratulate and thank the men and women of the Multinational CIMIC Group, for the daily work carried out both nationally and internationally.