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Commander

Lieutenant General Giovanni M. Iannucci

Lieutenant General Giovanni M. IANNUCCI graduated in 1988 and was assigned to the 185th Paratrooper Artillery Group (later Regiment), where he served as Deputy and Battery Commander. During that time, he was deployed twice to Somalia, within the Operation "IBIS/UNOSOM".

In 1997, upon attending the Basic Staff Course at the Army War College, he served as Chief Operations of "Folgore" paratrooper Brigade. In 1999 he attended the Argentinian Army Advanced Staff Course and, back to Italy, the Joint Staff Course. Upon finishing, he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army.

In 2003 - 2004 he commanded the Target Acquisition Group/185th Regiment and, in that capacity, he was deployed twice to IRAQ as Task Force Commander - Operation "Antica Babilonia".

From November 2004 to July 2008 he was Military Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Italian Army. From July 2008 to August 2010 he served with the ARRC (UK) as Chief Joint Fires and, back to Italy, he became the 185th Target Acquisition Regiment Commander. From 2012 to 2013 he was Chief J3 of the Italian Joint Operations HQ.

As a General Officer, in 2014 Gen. IANNUCCI was the ISAF HQ Deputy DCOS Operations and, on February 2015, he became the "Folgore" Paratrooper Brigade Commander. From September 2016 to March 2019, he acted as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (DCOS OPS) to the Italian Joint Operations HQ.

From 2019 to 2022 he was Head of Plans and Policy Division in the Italian General Defence Staff, being at the same time the Italian Defense Policy and Capability Director.

From 10th of May 2022 he is the NATO Mission IRAQ Commander.

General IANNUCCI earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and in Strategic Sciences and a Master's Degree in International Military-Strategic Studies. He speaks English and Spanish.

His awards include:

• Knight of the Italian Republic Order of Merit;

• Golden Cross of the Italian Army Merit

• Commemorative Cross for operations in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan;

• Golden Medal for Commander seniority;

• Silver Medal for seniority in parachute activities;

• Award of Merit of the Argentinian Military Brotherhood;

• Award of "The Legion of Merit" by the US President

LtGen IANNUCCI is married, has two children, and enjoys playing golf.

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