Story by Diana
Sodano, JFC Naples Public Affairs
LAGO PATRIA, Italy – Italian Army Colonel Michele Galantino, relieved Italian Army Colonel Giancarlo Turco
as Base Support Group Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, at the theatre
Presiding at the change of
command was the Commander Joint Force Commander Naples, U.S. Navy Admiral James
“My thanks go to all my friends who are here today,” Turco said. “Friendship
is important for reciprocal benefit and to face in harmony all the problems”.
The U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band and a marching colour guard, representing
Italy and NATO, took part in the event, which many civilian and military
“I have been a servant leader,” Turco continued. “I have always put the
people’s needs first before everything else”.
Colonel Turco assumed command as Base Support Group Commander on
December 18th, 2015.
“My goal is to build bridges to avoid war conflicts,” Turco concluded.
The Base Support Group is responsible for providing material, warehousing,
property management and host nation liaison; coordinating facility engineering
and maintenance, transportation services, reprographic services, health and
environmental, safety and fire prevention in support of the JFC HQ and support
Director of Management, Romanian Army Brigadier General Remus-Hadrian Bondor,
emphasized the role of the Base Support Group Commander.
“The Base Command Group Commander is not an easy job,” Bondor said. “You
must be available 24/7, and Giancarlo succeeded in this goal.”
“Giancarlo performed successfully in dealing with staff members of
various nationalities, with different cultures and education,” Bondor concluded.
Turco invited all the participants at the end of the ceremony for a
friendly toast with cake in the Community Center.