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MSU Commander

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Colonel Maurizio Mele was born in Verbania (Italy) in 1967.

In 1986, he enrolled in the Army Military Academy in Modena and in 1988 was commissioned as a Second-Lieutenant. Afterwards, in 1988, he completed his training at the Carabinieri Officer's School in Rome and was promoted First- Lieutenant.

His first assignment as Platoon Leader and Police Techniques Instructor was at the Warrant Officer and Brigadier Training School in Vicenza. Then, from 1992 to 1994, he commanded an Operative Unit in Castello di Cisterna (Napoli) and - from 1994 to 1997 - a Company Command in Cavalese (Trento) with the rank of Captain, while also completing his degree in law at the Sapienza University in Rome. Afterwards, he moved to the Company Command in Cesena and kept his role until 2001, when he attended the University Master on Training of experts in issues of cooperation and international security.

From 2001 to 2003, with the rank of Major, he became the Commander of the whole Investigation Department in Bologna. At the same time, he participated in the Investigation Analysis System for Senior Officers course.

From 2003 to 2013 he served as Teacher of Military and Carabinieri History/Professional Technique within the Italian Military Academy in Modena. During this spell, he took part in several courses, among them the degree in Science of Internal and External Security (2004), the Master on Trainer of Trainers (2008) and the Summer School on Protection of Cultural Heritage in crisis areas and combat zones (2008).

In 2013 Colonel Mele was appointed as Deputy Commander of the Training Department and Head of the Training and Police Techniques Section at the Carabinieri Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Vicenza. During this phase, he attended the Master on Gender Advisor at the Italian Defence General Staff and was later deployed in Indonesia as Leader of the dedicated Training Team in 2015.

He eventually spent 9 months as KFOR MSU Battalion Commander before being appointed as Training Department Chief and Head of Police Activities and Techniques chair in 2018, an office that he holds to this day. In 2019, he completed the Master on The Gender mainstreaming in Peace operations and Gender mainstreaming in mediation.

Colonel Maurizio Mele lives in Vicenza with his wife Eleonora and two children

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