Major General Salvatore Cuoci
Major General Salvatore Cuoci was born in Aversa on the 26th of January 1965.

He joined the Military Academy in 1983 and was named Lieutenant of Armoured troops in September 1987 after attending the Junior Army Officers School in Turin.

He served as Platoon Commander in the 9 th Armoured Battalion "M.O. Butera” in L’Aquila, in the 6 th Tank Battalion "M.O. Scapuzzi” in Civitavecchia he served as Company Commander, S2 and S3 Chief.

From 1993 to 1996 he was appointed as Staff Officer and Head of Operation and Training Section to the Mechanized Brigade "Granatieri di Sardegna”.

After attending the 122nd Italian Army Junior Staff Course and the 2nd Joint Staff Officer’s Course, he was assigned to the Italian Army General Staff where he served as Section Chief in the "Recruitment, Status and Promotion” Office. During this period he also managed the process of transition from conscript to professional Armed Forces including the recruitment process of female candidates in the Italian Army.

In 2002 he served with NATO Operation SFOR in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Staff Officer.

The following year, he was appointed Commander of 1 st Cavalry Squadron Group "Savoia Cavalleria”.

In 2007 he attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA (USA) and, back in Italy, he became the 97 th Commander of "Savoia Cavalleria” regiment.

In 2009 he was appointed as Military Assistant and Aide de Camp for the Army to the President of the Italian Republic.

In 2012 he attended the USAREUR Combined Forces Land Component Commanders’ Seminar in Germany.

As Brigadier General, he was appointed as the 8 th Commander of the Airmobile Infantry Brigade "Friuli” in Bologna. In 2015 he deployed to Lebanon for the UNIFIL Operation as Commanding General of Sector West.

His last appointment was as Head of the Office and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Italian Army General Staff.

Major General Cuoci’s education includes bachelor’s degrees in Strategic Studies from the University of Turin, Political Science from the University of Salerno and International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Trieste.

His post graduate education includes International Strategic Military Studies from the Italian Centre for Defense Higher Studies, Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and Strategic Studies from the University of Turin.

He has been awarded:

High Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic;
2 Army Merit Silver Crosses;
Army Bronze Medal for Long Period of Command;
Cross for Military Support to Civilian Authorities;
NATO Medal for Operation in former Yugoslavia;
UN Medal for UNIFIL Peacekeeping operation;
French Commemorative Medal;
Spanish decoration for Peacekeeping operations;
Slovenian medal for International Cooperation.

Major General Cuoci is married to Mrs Patrizia and they have a son, Marco.

From 15th of November 2017, Major General Cuoci is the 22nd KFOR Commander.