Riccardo Marchiò

Lieutenant General

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From 1974 to 1976 he attended the 156th course of the Military Academy in Modena and from 1976 to 1978 the Application School in Turin. Later he attended the General Staff Course (1988-1989) and the General Staff Upper Course (1991-1992) at the War School in Civitavecchia; in 2000 he obtained the Army War College Graduation in USA. He graduated in Strategic Sciences at the University of Turin.

With the rank of Second Lieutenant and Captain he served as a platoon and company Commander at the 6th "Palestro" Bersaglieri Battalion in Turin.

 

In 1994, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was the Commander of the 2nd "Governolo" Battalion of the 2nd Bersaglieri Regiment in Legnano with whom he participated in the "Riace" Operation in Calabria for the fight against the racquet and the territory control. As a Colonel he commanded the 18th Bersaglieri Regiment of the "Garibaldi" Brigade in Cosenza.

He served at the General Staff as Officer at the Plans and Operations Section (1989-1993); with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed Chief of the Operations Section in the Operations and Training Office (1994-1996); with the rank of Colonel he served as Chief of General Staff of the 3rd Italian Division assigned to the NATO Rapid Reaction Army Corps (1996-1998). He performed the three tasks at the Command of the 3rd Army Corps in Milan. From June 2000 to October 2003 he was Chief of the Training Office of the Operational Land Forces Command in Verona.

He participated in the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon in 1982-1983 as Riflemen Company Commander, in the "Restore Hope" Operation as Officer for the Operations of the Italian Contingent in Mogadishu (Somalia) in 1993 and in the "Alba" Operation in Tirana (Albania) in 1997 as Deputy Chief of Operational General Staff of the Multinational Protection Force.

Moreover in 1999 he participated in the "Joint Guarantor" and "Joint Guardian" Operations in the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and in Kosovo as a Commander of the 18th Bersaglieri; in 2002 he was the Commander of the Italian Contingent in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF); in 2004 he was Deputy Commander of the Multinational Division South-East (MND-SE) in Bassora, Iraq, in the "Antica Babilonia" Operation.

Since October 2003 he has been Deputy Commander of the "Aosta" Mechanized Brigade, but on 1st January 2004 he was promoted Brigadier General becoming the Brigade Commander on 30th September. From January 2006 to March 2008 he served as Deputy Chief of the Forces Employment Unit/Army Operational Command.

From November 2007 to March 2008 he served as Chief of the Forces Employment Unit/Army Operational Command. He was promoted Major General on 1st January 2008.

He has also been appointed Deputy Commander and Italian Senior National Representative of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) Command in Rheindahlen (Germany) and later in Innsworth (Great Britain). In the same period he was employed as Deputy Commander and Italian Senior National Representative of ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan.

From June 2012 to November 2014 he served at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

On 1st July 2013 he was promoted Lieutenant General.

From 24th November 2014 to 29th September 2016 he was the Army Corps Commander of the NATO Rapid Reaction in Italy. On 1st October 2016 he was appointed Commander of the Operational Land Forces Command and Army Operational Command in Rome.

He is married to Mrs. Laura and they ​have got two sons, Andrea and Stefano. He is pilot of ultralight aircrafts and in his free time he likes swimming, skiing, reading and collecting scale models.

 

DECORATIONS:

  • Knight's Cross of the Military Order of Italy;
  • Silver Cross to the Army Merit;
  • "Mauritiana" Medal;
  • Commendator of the Order to the Merit of the Italian Republic;
  • "Bronze Star Medal" of the USA;
  • "Loya Jirga" Afghan Medal.