Story by Diana Sodano
Photos by French Navy Chief Petty Officer Sebastien Laurent
NAPLES, Italy – Students and teachers from two middle schools in the Naples region, "78 Cariteo Italico" and "Don Milani-Capasso” toured the facilities of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, November 20, 2017.
The students and teachers, almost 90 in total, were welcomed and briefed by Diana Sodano, community relations officer with JFC Naples, about the structure, mission and goals of the organization as well as an overview of the headquarters. The students received a briefing on the Joint Operations Center (JOC) by Italian Army Colonel Maurizio Parri, JOC director, and an overview of the communications activities of the 2nd NATO Signal Battalion was also offered by Italian Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Luca Angrisani.
Italian Army Colonel iancarlo Turco, JFC Naples base commander, spoke with the students and answered a variety of questions the visitors had regarding the day-to-day life and operations of the headquarters. Turco was joined by Parri, Sodano, and Angrisani for the question and answer period.
The students also had a chance to visit the base’s amenities, including the community center, gym, library and pool.
Officials with JFC Naples say school visits are part of a community relations campaign to establish cultural and social exchange with the external community and to strengthen the relationship with local and regional institutions.