NATO: Tenth anniversary of the Deployable Air Command and Control Center in Poggio Renatico

(To Greater Defense)

Today in the presence of the deputy prefect of Ferrara Francesca Montesi, of Monsignor Gian Carlo Perego, of the highest civil and military authorities of the Province of Ferrara, of the military attachés of the 16 NATO countries which contribute their personnel to the NATO command of Poggio Renatico , the tenth anniversary celebration ceremony was held Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC).

The DACCC in fact, established on the basis of Poggese in January 2013, has inherited the legacy of Combined Air Operation Center which in the same period, following the reform of the NATO commands, was transferred to the Spanish base of Torrejon near Madrid.
The DACCC of Poggio Renatico is responsible for the operational training of NATO personnel employed in its air component structures. It is also the only NATO Command and Control entity that can be redeployed where operationally deemed necessary.

With its two air defense radars and its technical-operational support components, the DACCC in the past has already been deployed for exercises in some NATO countries, just as one of its components is currently supporting the eastern flank of the Alliance.

Gen. Mirco Zuliani, first commander of the DACCC, in his opening speech, recalled those initial moments of 2013, the moments spent with the international staff of that time, and then recounted his emotions then and now, as he returned after many years in Poggio Renatico.

It was then the turn of Air Division General Claudio Gabellini, the last Italian commander of the DACCC, who underlined the fact that the sixteen NATO nations that contributed to the establishment of the DACCC and their staff, with their professionalism, experience and often with unique expertise, they have made a valuable and extremely important contribution to air component command and control capabilities in support of NATO's core tasks such as collective defence, crisis management and co-operation.

The ceremony ended with a speech by the current commander of the DACCC, Major General Denny Traas, of Dutch nationality, who retraced the last year of his command at Poggio Renatico, emphasizing the fact that in the light of Russia's aggression against of Ukraine, the DACCC plays an increasingly crucial role within the Atlantic Alliance, confirming the goodness of the choices made by its predecessors.