Major General Roberto D’Alessandro was born on 15 June 1959 in Sulmona, situated in the Italian province of l’Aquila. In 1978 he started his career at the Military Academy in Modena, which he graduated from in 1980 and was subsequently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Artillery Corps, attending thereafter the Officers Technical School at Turin. Now holding a Bachelor degree in Strategic Science D’Alessandro was promoted and assigned to 121 Air Defence Artillery Regiment, first as section commander and later as battery commander.
In 1988 D’Alessandro served on the General Staff of the Army as a staff officer in the operations office, during which period he attended the Basic Staff Officers Course. He followed this up by attending the Advanced Staff Officers Course at the Italian Army War College in 1995. Promoted to Major he served in Operation JOINT ENDEAVOUR as part of Multinational Division South-East in Bosnia. Upon his return to Italy he assumed command of 1 Air Defence Artillery Group of 17 Air Defence Artillery Regiment, after which he returned to the Army General Staff where he was appointed Chief of Plans Section.
Attending the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, USA in 2001, the D'Allessandro received his Master's Degree in Strategic Sciences. The following year he was appointed Commander of 17 "Sforzesca” Air Defence Artillery Regiment and deployed with his unit to Albania at the NATO headquarters in Tirana from July to October 2003. Following his return he was assigned to the Army General Staff once more, this time as Chief of the General Affairs Office and, later in 2006, as Chief of the Plans Office in the Operations Department. Following these appointments D’Alessandro served as Deputy Department Chief in the Army Operations Centre of the General Staff of the Army.
In 2008 he deployed a second time to Bosnia, now as Deputy Commander of the European Union Force (EUFOR) in Operation ALTHEA.
Major General D’Alessandro commanded the "Pinerolo” Mechanised Brigade from 23 January 2009 to 28 September 2010, which included a five month tour in Kosovo, leading Multinational Task Force West as part of Operation JOINT ENTERPRISE. The next year and a half he served as Deputy Chief of the Logistics Department of the Army General Staff, commander of the Italian "Acqui” Division and Deputy Commander 2 Defence Forces HQ in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples), respectively.
Major General Roberto D’Alessandro assumed his duties as Deputy Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps on 17 October 2014.
Last updated 31 January 2018