Aged of 48 (he was born in rome -italy- on march 16th 1954)
he is married since 1978 with rosa elisabetta, and has two children:
luigi and guido).
He attended the schools in Italy:
from 1969 to 1972 the high school in Naples, Military school,
where he graded;
1972 he entered the Military Academy in Modena where he
graded 1st Lieutenant in 1974;
1974 to 1976 he attended the Carabinieri Officers school
1979 to 1983 he attended the University of Teramo where
he took a degree in Political Sciences with a graduation
thesis on international laws;
1990/1991 he attended the Army Staff College in Civitavecchia.
many specialization courses:
Counter terrorism course held by the US Army in SHAPE Belgium,1984;
Staff officer and the NBC courses of the NATO school in Oberammergau
(GE), 1982 and 1984;
International Law course of the Humanitarian Studies Center
of San Remo (Italy), 1989;
13th National Security Course of the Christian Albrechts University
in Kiel (GE), 1993.
He is patented parachutist and scuba diver.
In over 28 years of career the officer fulfilled the following
- recruits platoon commander,1976/1977;
- cadets platoon commander at the Military Academy, 1977/1979;
- territorial company commander in Ortona, 1979/1982;
- International police company commander in NATO - Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe - Belgium, 1982/1985.
This was a period of very special professional challenges
related to the necessity of made working together policemen
of 12 different nations in an international environment
with major security problems;
- territorial company commander in Venice, 1985/1989;
- NCO's trainer at the Carabinieri NCO's school, 1989/1990;
- section leader of the Carabinieri Headquarter Training
Division, 1991/1993. A very interesting period of staff
work during which a lot of strategic decisions were taken
about the future of training for the Carabinieri institution;
- territorial group commander in Palermo, 1993/1996. Well
known as one of the most difficult places in term of police
work and VIPs security, the years of Palermo were the most
qualifying professional period of all and the corner stone
for the whole career;
- from September 1997 to April 1998 was Commander of the
NCOs training battalion in Vicenza;
- from April to December 1998 he was Chief of Staff of the
SFOR MSU IN Bosnia Herzegovina;
- from July 1999 until July 2000 he was the first KFOR MSU
Commander in Kosovo.
Appointments and Missions
From Feb 24th to Mar 24th 1993 he participated (together with
a German and a Dutch officers) to a UN sponsored mission - related
to the UNOSOM 1 Mission - to evaluate the possibility to restore
the Somalia police. The mission ended with a Report for the
UN Secretary General.
From Sep 17th to Oct 25th 1993, related to the above mentioned
mission, he was once again in Somalia to prepare a project to
restore the Somalia police in the Italian controlled region
of that country.
From April to December 1998 Col. COPPOLA was the chief of the
advanced party and then COS of SFOR MSU.
From Feb 15th to Mar 2nd 1999 in Washington DC, USA, presented
some conferences to the highest Military and Diplomatic functionaries
and agencies about the new operational concept about the possible
use of police forces in peacekeeping operations born from the
experience of the MSU.
The following April May he was in Albania to initiate another
MSU Mission under command of AFOR (Albania Force).
From July 14th 1999 to July 18th 2000 was appointed first Commander
of KFOR MSU.
From February to July 2000 he was member of the Quint Planning
Team (FR, GE, IT,UK,US) for a Criminal Intelligence Unit to
be part of UNMIK to counter the organized crime in Kosovo.