BELGRADE, Serbia – Allied Joint Force Command Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lieutenant General Leonardo di Marco, lectured students at the Serbian National Defence School, Feb. 4, 2016.
The chief of staff discussed the current operations and future challenges of JFC Naples within the NATO mission.
"Serbia has proven its commitment to cooperation with NATO on issues of security and defense reform,” said Lt. Gen. di Marco. "I am honoured to be a part of a continuing dialogue with a key partner and to assist in furthering Serbia’s efforts toward developing its own defense.”
The Serbian National Defence School was formed in 1954 under the name of the "Military School of the Higher Military Academy of the Yugoslav National Army.” Throughout its history, the school has prioritized the highest level of specialization for state and military officials in the defence system.
Lt. Gen. di Marco also attended the transfer of command authority for the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade (MLO Belgrade) during his visit to Serbia.
JFC Naples oversees MLO Belgrade, which serves to facilitate Serbian cooperation with NATO under the Partnership for Peace program, support Serbia’s efforts in matters of defense sector reform, and provide assistance to NATO’s public diplomacy activities in the region.
Story by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Public Affairs
Photos by Serbian National Defense School Public Affairs