Italian forces, U.S. Army Europe strengthen partnership during chief of staff visit

March 7, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe

  • Lt. Gen. Claudio Graziano, Italy’s Land Forces commander, discusses the future of partnership between the Italian and U.S. Armies with U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling during a visit to USAREUR, March 5-6. During his visit Graziano toured USAREUR's headquarters in Heidelberg and toured the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. (Photo by Kelly Schloesser)
  • HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Italian Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Claudio Graziano and members of his staff toured the U.S. Army Europe headquarters and U.S. and allied training areas in Germany, March 5-6.

    Graziano first traveled to the headquarters here to meet with USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling to discuss joint training and exchange opportunities between the two militaries and get a command briefing on USAREUR’s mission and current exercises and operations around the globe.

    The U.S.-Italian delegation then traveled to Grafenwoehr to tour USAREUR’s Joint Multinational Training Command, one of three major training centers for the U.S. Army and the Army’s primary facility for U.S. forces to train with their allies and partners.

    The Italian general met with JMTC commander Col. Bryan Rudacille and was briefed on the overall mission and capability of the training center. Following the briefing, Graziano observed various training events designed to prepare U.S. and partner armies for future conflicts, including participating in hands-on simulations systems training.

    Graziano also had an opportunity to meet with an Italian officer currently serving as an observer-controller at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. The officer is one of several O-Cs from USAREUR’s allied and partner countries that spend up to two years leading training at JMRC before returning to their respective armies.

    Hertling visited Italy twice in the last year, meeting with senior civilian and military leaders to strengthen the military-to-military partnership between the U.S. and its Italian allies.

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