The JWC today welcomed the visit of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (DSACT), Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani, from Norfolk, Virginia, USA. This was the first official visit paid by General Zuliani following his assumption of duties as DSACT from Polish Army General Mieczysław Bieniek on 4 September this year.
Upon arrival the DSACT was greeted by U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John W. Doucette, Chief of Staff (COS) JWC and Norwegian Army Brigadier Gunnar E. Gustavsen, the Commander’s Special Advisor.
The official visit programme started with the JWC overview briefing, facilitated by the COS. During his visit General Mirco Zuliani met with senior JWC leadership and received a series of detailed briefings on: JWC’s latest activities and its ambitious Programme of Work (POW) now and in the future; a comprehensive overview of its full-spectrum operational level training programme; the funding overview in support of JWC POW; its complex Computer and Information Systems (CIS) infrastructure; media simulation capabilities as well as JWC’s warfare activities with a focus on doctrine and concept development.
Discussions were also generated on JWC’s future requirements as NATO’s premier operational-level training provider. The visit also included a guided tour of the JWC’s state-of-the-art training facility and a working lunch hosted by Brigadier General Doucette.
The visit took place a day before the JWC’s tenth anniversary on 23 October.
General Zuliani started his military career in 1974 as a fighter pilot on F104 in the Italian Air Force. During his long and distinguished career he has held several important positions in the Italian armed forces, including the Italian Defence Attaché to the United-States in Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2009. Before coming to ACT, General Zuliani served as the last Commander of the Italian Air Operations Centre and of the NATO Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) in Poggio Renatico – responsible for "Air Policing" in the south of Europe.
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