Commander JFC-Brunssum

General Riccardo Marchio'

Italian Army

General Riccardo Marchiò attended the Military Academy in Modena in 1974.  After graduating he was assigned to the 6th Bersaglieri (Light Infantry) Battalion in Turin. In 1982, as a junior officer, he served as a rifle company commander on peacekeeping operations in the Lebanon.


After completing the Italian General Staff Course he was posted to the 3rd Army Corps Headquarters in Milan, serving in the operations division.  In 1993 he participated in Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia, before returning to the Bersaglieri as the 2ndBattalion Commander.  Following this he returned to the 3rdArmy Corps Headquarters, as Chief of Staff of the 3rd ITA Division, where he also deployed, on this occasion as part of the Multinational Protection Force to Albania, in 1997.


On promotion to Colonel he took command of the 18th Bersaglieri Regiment and deployed with his unit to both FYROM and Kosovo.  A course at the US Army War College, and subsequent graduation in the ‘class of 2000’, immediately followed. Returning to Italy, General Marchiò became the Chief of Training at the Operational Land Forces Command, in Verona, before leading the Italian International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Contingent in Kabul, Afghanistan.


In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Commander (DCOM) of the Aosta Mechanized Brigade and subsequently, in 2004, DCOM of Multinational Division South-East in Basrah, Iraq, before returning home to Italy to command the Aosta Brigade.


From 2005 to 2008 General Marchiò held several appointments at the Army General Staff, before assuming the position of DCOM Allied Rapid Reaction Corps HQ and enjoying another tour of Afghanistan, this time as the DCOM ISAF Joint Command.


In June 2012 he assumed the post of Head of the Intelligence Department of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office, before taking command of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy, in 2016.  Later in the year, General Marchiò assumed command of the Italian Army Operational Land Forces Command, a position he held for the two years prior to his arrival in the Netherlands to take command of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, in February 2018.


General Marchiò’s awards and decorations include the Silver Cross for Army Meritorious Service, "Mauriziana” Medal, "Loya Jirga” Afghan Medal, Knight of the Military Order of Italy, Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and the US Bronze Star.


General Marchiò has a Batchelor’s degree in Strategic Sciences and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.  He is married to Laura, with whom he has two sons and four grandchildren.  His interests include reading, skiing and flying ultra-light aircraft.


Current as of 17 December 2018


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