NAPLES, Italy – Students and teachers from the Salerno, Italy-based Torquato Tasso school toured the facilities of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Nov. 14, 2016.
A total of 100 students and four teachers took part in the visit.
The students were welcomed and briefed by Diana Sodano, JFC Naples community relations officer, about the structure, mission and goals of JFC Naples and were provided an overview of the headquarters. As part of the presentation, the students viewed a video about JFC Naples and its capabilities and received a video teleconference brief on the Joint Operations Center by its director, Italian Army Col. Maurizio Parri and the deputy, U.S. Air Force Col. Margaret Romero, who answered questions from the students.
Italian Army Col. Giancarlo Turco, JFC Naples post commander, addressed the group and expressed his gratitude to the school for the visit and expressing interest in NATO. Turco also answered questions from the students.
The students were also briefed on the 2nd NATO Signal Battalion activities by Italian Army Capt. Umberto Cervone and his staff who provided a comprehensive overview of the satellite communication activities around the headquarters.
The visit concluded with a walking tour of the base, which included visits at the Community Center, the gym, the library and the swimming pool. Trip coordinators said this contributed to the students’ understanding of how a NATO community works and lives.
This visit was part of the community relations campaign aimed at establishing cultural and social bonds with the external community and strengthening the relationship of JFC Naples with local and regional institutions.