Event organizers said the visit of the approximately 100 students and faculty to JFC Naples is an example of NATO's efforts to establish positive cultural and social exchanges with the external community and to strengthen the relationship with local and regional institutions.
"Thanks to the visit, I learnt a lot about NATO. For example, I understood that NATO is not a war tool, but on the contrary NATO's mission is to deal with other countries to maintain Peace and Security", said
Clementine Laurent, 13 years-old, Don Salvatore Vitale School, Lago Patria, Naples
Dialogue and mutual understanding are really important to keep the world safe.
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.
"I am impressed by seeing so many different nationalities in the headquarters, all these people from so many countries working together. I understand now how important it is to learn foreign languages like
English or French", said Davide Campaiola, 12 years-old, M. Beneventano School, Ottaviano, Naples "Before coming here, I was expecting more soldiers with weapons, some armoured vehicles, but I was wrong.
Fighting is not the only way to secure a country.
The participants also met the JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lieutenant General Antonio Vittiglio, who addressed them in his closing remarks.
A questions and answers session concluded the event.The participants could also spend a tour to the Community Center and see the Morale Welfare 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.
Please find below the link to today's school visit pictures. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJLP6pq