Djibouti: rotation of the Force Protection component

(To Greater Defense)

Today, December 24th, at the Italian Military Support Base (BMIS) of Djibouti, the alternation ceremony of the "Force Protection" component between the men and women of the 2nd Alpine regiment of the Army and the riflemen of the 16th wing of the Air Force took place.

The "passing of the baton" took place with a short but intense and significant ceremony during which - in the presence of a large representation of BMIS officers and non-commissioned officers - a respectful greeting was given to the fallen in missions abroad and subsequently lowered the flag of the 2nd Alpine regiment and hoisted that of the fusiliers of the air.

In his speech, the commander of the Italian Military Support Base, Colonel Luigi Bigi, greeted the alternating soldiers, underlining the fundamental importance of the role played by the "Force Protection" both in ensuring the security framework for the military installation and for the qualified and irreplaceable contribution in the activities to combat COVID- 19, with the constant monitoring of those who daily access the grounds and with the carrying out of periodic disinfection interventions of the Base areas and those of execution of the MIADIT training activity.

The col. Bigi, in wishing a good and fruitful job for the delicate task entrusted to the incoming platoon of the Air Force fusiliers, expressed his deep appreciation for the excellent contribution provided by the Alpine troops of the 2nd regiment who with determination, ability , pragmatism and availability worked for three months in the Gibutian Theater.

The ceremony was held in compliance with the protection and prevention procedures in contrast to COVID-19.

La Italian Military Support Base (BMIS) in Djibouti, led by Colonel (AM) Luigi Bigi, provides logistical support to all national components in transit on the Gibutian territory engaged in the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean, with particular reference to the MIADIT Somalia, EUTM Somalia missions and EUNAVFOR ATALANTA.