Senior Military Representative
Brigadier General CeSARE MARINELLI
Chief of NATO Military Liaison Belgrade
Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli was born in
Vicenza Italy in 1961. He joined the Army Military Academy in 1980, and in 1984 he 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
and soon after he attended the
General Staff Officer Course in Fort
Leavenworth (USA). 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 managing the
Italian Army deploy operations in
Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor.
From January to
August 1998 he was the G1 of the Multinational Division South East in SFOR in Bosnia and in that time French was the working language of the Division. In 1999 he took over
command of the
17th ADA Regiment "SFORZESCA”, which retained for one year.
October 2000 he was assigned to the
Italian Land Operational Forces HQ in Verona, where
years as head of the
current operation cell in
the operation Division. For one year, in
addition to his principal assignment, he held also the position of head of the operation Division responsible for mounting,
deploy and monitoring the sustainability of all operations conducted by the Italian Army in Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq. In these five years he worked also as responsible for new structure
the Italian Army infantry squad.
From November 2002 to April
2003 he was the
team chief to CJTF 180 in
Afghanistan for the deployment of an Italian infantry battalion in the Kwost area in Afghanistan
inside the CJTF 180 he was also embedded as plans officers in the CJ5. He was promoted
Colonel in 2004 and took over command
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 Operation Integrated Capability
Team leader. From Oct. 2009 to Sep. 2010 Brigadier General Marinelli was the Deputy Commander of the Infantry
Brigade "Granatieri di Sardegna” and has been promoted at the actual rank on January 2010. From Sep. 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
Kabul - Afghanistan as the Deputy DCOS Strategic Partnering. Following a restructure in HQ ISAF, in January
2012 he moved to ISAF Joint Command as
Chief of Combat Support until April 2012.
In April 2012 Brig. Gen. Marinelli was assigned to the Italian Defense General Staff as the Deputy
chief of the 3rd Division "Military Policy and Planning” responsible for the development of the 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
Operation Centre” with
responsibility on training, education, doctrine and simulation. Since 3rd February 2016 Brig. Gen. Marinelli has become the Chief of NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade.
Brigadier General Marinelli graduated from the
Scientific Lycée. He holds a degree in Strategic Sciences from Turin's University, a degree in
Political Sciences (International Relations) from Trieste’s University and a 2nd level Master in Strategic Sciences from Turin’s University. He speaks Italian, English
(NSL 4343) and French (NSL 4333).
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.