Story by Dr. Diana Sodano
NAPLES, Italy – Students and teachers from the "N. Jommelli” Language School in Aversa, Caserta, Italy, spent a day touring the facilities of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Mar. 6.
The counselor for Culture and Tourism of the municipality of Aversa, Dr. Alfonso Oliva, the Principal of the School, Prof. Rosa Celardo, five teachers and 94 students were welcomed and briefed by the JFC Naples community relations officer, Dr. Diana Sodano, about the structure, mission and goals of JFC Naples. As part of the presentation, the students viewed a video about JFC Naples and its capabilities and then received a Joint Operations Center, or JOC, brief by Italian Army Director Colonel Maurizio Parri via video teleconference on the Joint Operations Center (JOC) and their activities.
The program continued with a presentation by Anthony M. Quattrone, Ph.D., Civilian Human Resources Head, on the role of the NATO International Civilians in NATO, followed by a presentation by WO Luca Angrisani, Italian Navy, NATO Communication Information Systems Group (NCIS) 2nd NATO Signal Battalion who gave a complete overview of the Satellite Communication Activities.
The students were then greeted in person by JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano. Afterwards the students were granted a question and answer period with the general.
The visit concluded with a walking tour of the base including the community center, gym, library and the pool, which provided the students with a better understanding of how NATO members live and work within their community.
The visit is part of the community relations campaign to establish a good cultural and social exchange with the external community and to strengthen the relationship with local and regional institutions.