The Army Chief of Staff, Army Corps General Pietro Serino, went to Tuscany for a two-day visit to the Army Special Forces Command (COMFOSE) and to the “Folgore” parachute brigade.
To all the soldiers met, General Serino, quoting the Minister of Defense, reiterated: “You must work to ensure that the Army does training that makes it more and more similar to Special Forces units. The training heritage that you safeguard is very important for everyone, because training is used to complete the mission and to safeguard one's life".
The visit began from the military complex "Lieutenant MOVM Dario VITALI" in Pisa where the head of SME was welcomed by the commander of the Earth operational forces, general of the army Salvatore Camporeale, and by the commander of COMFOSE, brigadier general Andrea Vicari. Here General Serino visited the new headquarters of the command, which has returned to the availability of the Italian authorities, which extends for 35 hectares and, subsequently, was updated on the ongoing training and training activities, as well as on operational commitments. Finally he went to the raider training base (BAI) of the 9th "Col Moschin" parachute assault regiment where the main systems and materials in use by Special Forces operators were illustrated.
This morning, however, the Army chief of staff, accompanied by the commander of the Northern operational forces, general of the army corps Maurizio Riccò, met the paratroopers of the "Folgore" in Livorno, at the headquarters of the brigade command and in Pisa at the parachuting training center (CAPAR).
The CAPAR of Pisa is the only Defense training/training body for basic training, advanced training and specialist training and ensures air-launch capability for all the Italian Armed Forces and the employment and management of the entire parachute park of the Italian Army.
During the visit, the commander of the "Folgore", Brigadier General Massimiliano Mongillo provided an update on the activities that the large combat unit is carrying out, including the deployment of the 186th parachute regiment in Kosovo thunderbolt which operational reserve forces of NATO, which occurred with just seven days' notice.