Students from “Elio Vittorini” and “Giambattista Vico” High Schools in Naples visit JFC Naples

Students and teachers from the “Elio Vittorini” Scientific Lyceum and from the “Giambattista Vico” Classical Lyceum both located in Naples, Italy visited Allied Joint Force Command Naples.
Dec 4, 2015
LAGO PATRIA, Italy – Eighty students and seven teachers from the "Elio Vittorini” Scientific Lyceum and from the "Giambattista Vico” Classical Lyceum both located in Naples, Italy spent a day touring the facilities of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, Dec 4, 2015.
The students were welcomed and briefed by Dr. Diana Sodano, Community Relations Officer, and Commander Virginia Newman, Royal Navy, about the structure, mission and goals of JFC Naples and were provided an overview of the new headquarters. As part of the presentation the students viewed a video about JFC Naples and its capabilities and then received a brief by Italian Army Colonel Filippo Bonsignore, JOC Director and U.S. Air Force Colonel Mark Jablow, Deputy JOC Director via Video Tele Conference on the Joint Operations Center (JOC) and their activities.
The students were then greeted in person by JFC Naples Chief of Staff, Italian Army Lt.Gen. Leonardo di Marco. During his welcome remarks Lt.Gen. di Marco expressed his gratitude for such a large representation from the two schools and focused on the mission of the JFC Naples personnel.
"We are an operational headquarters directly under the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and our mission is to be ready to intervene wherever the North Atlantic Council may decide,” said Lt.Gen. di Marco. "But our primary task is to train assigned military and civilian staff to conduct of any operation we may asked to perform, ranging from strictly military to those in support of national authorities in case of an emergency."
Afterwards the students, who ranged in ages from 17-19, were granted a question and answer period with the General.
Following the meeting with Lt.Gen. di Marco and after a group photo, the students were given the opportunity to visit the NATO Communication Information Systems Group (NCIS) 2nd NATO Signal Battalion where Italian Army Cpt.Sebastiano Capone, gave them a complete overview of the Satellite Communication Activities.
The visit concluded with a walking tour of the base including the community center, gym, library and the pool providing the students with a better understanding of how NATO members live and work within their community.
This is part of the community relations campaign to establish a good cultural and social exchange with the external community and to strengthen the relationship with local and regional institutions.

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