Story by American Army Sgt. 1st Class (OR-7) Michael O'Brien, JFC Naples Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy – Almost 60 students from US Support Site Naples Middle High School toured Allied Joint Force Command Naples and learned about NATO on May 30, 2019.
Students and teachers visited the modern complex where JFC Naples has stood since 2012.
"Coming from a military background and going into a military career, today was informative learning about multinational joint commands,” said 18-year-old Caleb Bogart. "I liked seeing servicemembers from other nationalities.”
After the JFC Naples staff welcomed them, the students attended a general briefing on the current functions and operational tasks of the command including the recent history of the Headquarters.
"Today was fun and interesting to see how committed the NATO countries are protecting our peace,” said 16-year-old Trixie Delacruz. "I’m into world war and history and we were just studying the Warsaw pact so it really hit home.”
Students received an overview on current topics, such as NATO general structure, the Joint Operations Center activities, and the role of the NATO International Civilians and the importance of the Cyber Security.
The participants also met the JFC Naples Deputy Commander, Canadian Lieutenant General, who addressed them in his welcome remarks.
A questions and answers session concluded the event.
The participants also toured the Community Center and saw the Morale and Welfare Activities facilities that support of the JFC Naples community.
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.