Students from “Gaetano de Bottis” school pose for a group photo at Allied Joint Force Command Naples on December 3. Photo by Master Sergeant Florian Fergen.
Story by JFC Naples Public Affairs
Naples, ITALY - More than 100 students from "Gaetano De Bottis” High School located in Torre Del Greco, southern Naples, spent December 3rd at Allied Joint Force Command Naples learning about NATO.
Students and teachers were given the opportunity to visit for the first time the modern building where JFC Naples has been based since 2012.
After being welcomed by JFC Naples Staff, the students attended a general briefing on the current functions and operational tasks of the command including also the recent history of the Headquarters.
Moreover, students were able to get an overview on current topics, such as NATO general structure, the Joint Operations Center activities, the role of the NATO International Civilians and the importance of the Cyber Security.
The participants also met the JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Luciano Portolano, who addressed them in his welcome remarks.
A round table discussion with the briefers and a questions and answers session concluded the event.
The participants could also spend a tour to the Community Center and see the Morale Werfare Activities facilities in support of the JFC Naples community.
Students were very happy to visit for the first time the NATO building located in Lago Patria.
"I’m very happy to be here today. For the very first time in my life I have the chance to visit a NATO headquarters,” said Maria Rita Candurro, 5th year student. "I was wondering what this place as it is inaccessible due to military restrictions. This visit gave me the opportunity to understand how NATO works to ensure peace and stability all over the worlds. Moreover, thanks to JFC Naples and its military and civilian staff of teaching me a lot today,” she concluded.
"I was impressed by how the personnel here share the same procedures and skills working in English despite the different culture and their different native language,” said Nunzia Alfano, 5th year student.
"I’m really pleased to be here today because I have been always fascinated by soldiers in uniform,” said Esposito Claudio, 5th year student. "My dream after school is to join the Italian Army and soon I will apply for recruiting.”
The school visit is part of JFC Naples Community relations activities organized by Public Affairs Office with the specific role to emphasize and reinforce relationship between JFC Naples and local community.