JOINT REGIONAL DETACHMENT CENTER CHANGE OF COMMAND
07th November 2014 - Yesterday, KFOR Commander, Major General Francesco Paolo Figliuolo, presided over the change of command ceremony in "Camp Film City”, in Pristina, to mark the handover of command within Joint Regional Detachment Center (JRD-C).
Many distinguished visitors were present at the ceremony as well as all the Kosovo Force Commanders. Colonel Alfonso Manfredi handed over command to Colonel Corrado Benzi, after nearly six months in the appointment. The parade consisted of troops from the JRD namely Finland, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Turkey. The JRD Center Area of Responsibility covers almost one third of the entire territory of the country.
COMKFOR welcomed the new JRD-C Commander and wished him all the best. In his speech, Major General Figliuolo stated: "KFOR has developed a strong partnership with the various institutions in Kosovo and the international community; we continue to work hand in hand with KSF and KP to improve their capabilities. We are working daily with EULEX, UNMIK, and OSCE in order to facilitate handing over responsibilities to linked local authorities as Kosovo strengthens its security structures”. Regarding Colonel Manfredi’s tour, General Figliuolo remarked on the important role played by JRD-C in providing a safe and secure environment in Kosovo, in particular the coordination of the diverse needs and interests of the various institutions, organizations, and ethnicities in the Area of Responsibility. He also highlighted the important and concrete relationships established with the Pec Patriarcate, the Devic and Decane Monasteries and the Islamic community representatives.
General Figliuolo concluded his speech by thanking all of the JRD-C members for their strong cooperation with the international and local security providers. He remarked how they, with principles of "EXAMPLE ENDEAVOUR ENTRUST”, were capable of accomplishing the mission in support of the democratic development of Kosovo”.