Serbia is our valued and respected partner. Stability and security of the Western Balkans is paramount to NATO and Serbia plays an important role in this.
Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli, Chief of NATO MLO Belgrade

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Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli 
Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade 

Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1961. He joined the Army Military Academy in 1980, and in 1984 was commissioned in the 3rd LANCE Artillery Battalion, where he remained eight years, serving as platoon leader, battery commander and battalion S3. 

He attended the Italian Staff College during the years 1994–1995 and the Command and General Staff Officer Course in Fort Leavenworth (USA) soon after. Later he was appointed junior officer in the Italian Defence General Staff, Operational Plans Branch. In 1996 he was promoted Major and in 1996–1997 he attended the Italian Senior Joint Staff Officers Course. In summer 1997, he was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and returned to the Italian Army General Staff – Operation Division as senior officer. Here he spent the following two years. During this period, he was responsible for the planning and management of the Italian Army deploy operations in Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.

Brigadier General Marinelli at NATO MLO 12th Anniversary Reception

From January to August 1998 he was the G1 of the Multinational Division South East in SFOR in Bosnia, at which time French was the working language of the Division. In 1999 he took over command of the 17th ADA Regiment "SFORZESCA”, which he retained for one year. In October 2000 he was assigned to the Italian Land Operational Forces HQ in Verona, where he served for five years as head of the current operations cell in the Operations Division. For one year, in addition to his principal assignment, he was also the head of the Operations Division responsible for the mounting, deployment and monitoring of sustainability of all operations conducted by the Italian Army in Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In these five years he was also responsible for the new structure of the Italian Army infantry squad.

From November 2002 to April 2003 he was the advance planning team chief in CJTF-180 in Afghanistan for the deployment of an Italian infantry battalion in the Kwost area in Afghanistan; he was also embedded as plans officers in the CJ5. He was promoted Colonel in 2004 and took over command of the 5th FA (MLRS) regiment "SUPERGA” from January 2005 to October 2006. The regiment was employed as an infantry battalion taking over the responsibility of the Italian framework Provincial Reconstruction Team of Heart in Afghanistan from April to October 2006. From October 2006 to October 2009 he was assigned to HQ SACT as Expeditionary Operations Integrated Capability Team leader. From October 2009 to September 2010 Brigadier General Marinelli was the Deputy Commander of the Infantry Brigade "Granatieri di Sardegna”; he was promoted to the current rank in January 2010. From September 2010 to June 2011 he was the 100th commander of the Infantry Brigade "Granatieri di Sardegna” and in July 2011 he was assigned to HQ ISAF in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy DCOS Strategic Partnering. Following a restructuring in HQ ISAF, in January 2012 he moved to ISAF Joint Command as the Chief of Combat Support until April 2012.

Brigadier General Marinelli, Chief NATO MLO Belgrade and Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General in Belgrade

In April 2012, Brig. Gen. Marinelli was assigned to the Italian Defence General Staff as the Deputy Chief of the 3rd Division "Military Policy and Planning” responsible for the development of future capabilities of the Italian Armed Forces. From July 2013 to January 2016 he was assigned to the Italian Army General Staff as the Deputy Chief 3rd Division "Force employment/Army Operations Centre” with responsibility for training, education, doctrine and simulations. On 3 February 2016, Brig. Gen. Marinelli became the Chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade.

Brigadier General Marinelli graduated from the Scientific Lycée. He holds a degree in Strategic Sciences from the University of Turin, a degree in Political Sciences (International Relations) from the University of Trieste and a 2nd level Masters in Strategic Sciences from the University of Turin. He speaks Italian, English (NSL4343) and French (NSL4333). Brigadier General Marinelli is married to Michela. They have two kids, Leonardo Giovanni and Lucrezia Laura. He likes to practice sports: from swimming and jogging to judo, SCUBA diving and fitness. Other interests span from internet surfing and computer-related activities to reading history books.

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