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Nov 11 2020

ARRC'S Deputy Commander Presented with Italy's Highest Military Award

Major General Lorenzo D’Addario, the Deputy Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, has received Italy’s highest military recognition for his Command of NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR).

Major General Lorenzo D'Addario, Deputy Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, receives the 'Ordine Militare d'Italia' from the Italian Minister of Defence, 
On. Lorenzo Guerini and Chief of Defence, General Enzo Vecciarelli.
I was deeply honoured to be recognised in this way

Deploying straight onto exercise Loyal Leda 2020 after receiving his award, Major General D'Addario said, "I was deeply honoured to be recognised in this way." The Italian Deputy Commander, from one of 21 Allied nations serving at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Gloucester, brings a wealth of current experience from a number of NATO and operational roles. He said, “the NATO Reaction Forces are very good for professional development to the good of the Alliance. This is a community across NATO, where nations come together, they bring their best standards and they learn from each other. This has been a very important professional phase for me.”

The ‘Ordine Militare d'Italia’ or ‘Military Order of Italy’ is awarded by the Italian President, as the head of the order, to individuals who have ‘proven expertise, a sense of responsibility and valour’. The medal was presented, in a Coronavirus reduced ceremony, by the Italian Minister of Defence, On. Lorenzo Guerini and Chief of Defence, General Enzo Vecciarelli.

Major General D’Addario’s citation reads:

“The Commander of the Kosovo Force, led the units of the Atlantic alliance on operational activities with rare skill and masterful competence. In a dynamic scenario characterized by ethnic tensions and latent risks to public order, he intelligently and effectively fulfilled the implementation of the Area Command and Control Concept, admirably exploiting the integration of the limited resources available and ensuring a high level of security in the Kosovar operating theatre. An exemplary figure of a commander, he represented Italy in an impeccable way and raised the luster of his Armed Forces abroad. Pristina, Kosovo November 2018 - November 2019”

Story by Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Public Affairs Office

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