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Italian Army Col. Edoardo Maggian, Italian base commander, delivers a farewell speech during a ceremony held on Hoekstra Field, Caserma Ederle, Nov. 24. Maggian, a native of Vicenza, served as the IBC since February 2008 and not only relinquished his command but also retired from the Italian Army after more than 36 years of service. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Spc. Craig Philbrick)


Italian base commander says good-bye

By Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

VICENZA, Italy – Italian Army Col. Edoardo Maggian, Italian base commander for Southern European Task Force / U.S. Army Africa, said good-bye to the Vicenza Military Community Nov. 24, during a farewell ceremony, hosted by Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, U.S. Army Africa commanding general, at Caserma Ederle.

Maggian, a native of Vicenza, served as the IBC since February 2008, and not only relinquishes his command but is also retiring from the Italian Army after more than 36 years of service.

“This is a monumental day,” said Williams. “For each day brings new challenges for men and women in uniform – and new concerns for their families.”

Williams mentioned that regardless of how people get their information, whether it’s from the newspaper, radio, or television, they can see there are always groups and individuals that are determined to take away liberty and freedom.

“We stand united with our brothers and sisters in arms – for we know that we are the last line of defense – we are the protectors of others’ liberties,” Williams said. “This is true for all military men and women.”

Williams looked to Maggian and said, “Today is the day that you will be able to begin to relax a little, Edoardo, for today symbolizes your move from military to civilian.”

During his career, Maggian served in positions such as, deputy of chief of staff (NATO) in SETAF/USARAF, deputy chief of staff at the Alpine Headquarters in Bolzano, commander of the 7th Alpine Regiment in Belluno, section chief at the Alpine HQ, commander of the 1st Battalion, 85th Infantry Regiment in Montorio, chief of Exercises and Rangers at the Army Land HQ in Verona, and served at the Army General Staff in Rome.

“My thoughts go to my mentors across the years, from when I was a young Draftee Cadet Officer to active duty,” said Maggian. “Their mentorship made my life easier and my commanding skills more effective.”

“In the end, they made me a better man and a better officer,” he added.

Maggian was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice for his years of dedicated service as an Alpini Infantry Officer, his support to the U.S. Infantry, and the U.S. Army.

He was also presented the USARAF colors for his support to USARAF during his tenure as the IBC.







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