Major General Giovanni FUNGO
Major General Giovanni FUNGO was born in 1960 in Turin.
In October 1979 he joined the Military Academy and was commissioned in the Italian Army in 1981. At the end of the Junior Army Officers School, in 1983, with the rank of Lieutenant, he was assigned to the 15th Cavalry Squadrons Group "Cavalleggeri di Lodi”, serving as Recce Squadron Leader. In 1987 he was promoted Captain and moved to the 8th Cavalry Squadrons Group "Lancieri di Montebello”, in Rome, where he was appointed as Squadron Commander. Subsequently, in 1989, he spent two years at the Junior Officers School serving as Section Commander.
Before attending the Italian Army Junior Staff Course, in 1992, he served in Sicily in the 6th Tank Cavalry Squadrons Group, as Tank Squadron Commander and Chief S2/S3.
In 1994, he attended the Army Command and Staff Course 24 in Camberley – UK. Then he was assigned to 3rd UK Division and served as Staff Officer Plans and Training.
Back in Italy in 1996, he was assigned to the Italian Army General Staff, doctrine and military policy branch, where he contributed to studies and concepts aimed to support the development of the doctrine of the Italian Army.
In 1998, he attended the Joint Staff Officer Course. Then he was appointed Commander of the 19th Cavalry Squadrons Group "Cavalleggeri Guide” and took part to NATO operations in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* and Kosovo.
In late 1999, he took over command of the Reconnaissance Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Training Center and in 2002/2003 he spent another tour of duty in Kosovo, as Military Assistant to COM KFOR.
Back in Italy, he was promoted Colonel and he was appointed Commander of the RSTA Group.
In 2004, he was assigned again to the Italian Army General Staff as Chief of the Organizational Resources and Communication Office, where he was in charge of research, analysis and development of organizational and communication policies oriented to recruitment, marketing and welfare.
During the second half of 2007 he spent a tour of duty in International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ, as Deputy DCOS Support. From 2007 to 2009 he was again serving in the Italian Army General Staff as Chief of Public Information.
Promoted Brigadier General, in March 2009, he was appointed as Commander of the "Pozzuolo del Friuli” Cavalry Brigade.
From 2010 to 2013 he was appointed as Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Engineering and ITA Senior National Officer at Supreme Allied Command Transformation, in Norfolk (USA).
Promoted Major General in July 2013 and back to Italy, Major General Fungo was appointed as Deputy Commander of the Army Education HQ, in Turin, and subsequently COS NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC) - ITA.
His last appointment was as Chief of the Information and Security Department to the Defence Staff.
He has a university degree, a master degree in Strategic Sciences and a 2nd level Master degree in Institutional Communication.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.