02 Feb 2008

PR# 2008-048

Italian Defence Chief visits ISAF troops in RC-W

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Italian Chief of Defence, Admiral Gianpaolo Di Paola, visited the Herat and Farah Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) recently.

Admiral Di Paola was welcomed by the Regional Command West and Forward Support Base commanders.

The admiral met with the Italian and American contingents in charge of reconstruction and development in Farah Province. During his visit with them, he awarded the Farah PRT Commander, Frank Hughlett, with an Italian Medal, Croce Commemorativa per la Missione di Sicurezza in Afghanistan, and thanked the personnel for the great job they were doing.

“This medal doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to all the fine men and women of PRT Farah,” said Commander Hughlett.

In Heart Province, the Chief of Defence addressed the PRT’s Italian contingent.

“This is probably the last time I will be in front of you as your Chief of Defence and I feel the need to thank you all once again, bringing you the appreciation of the Italian Armed Forces, for what you are doing here. This is one of the most challenging missions we operate in and all of you are demonstrating the capabilities of Italian Armed Forces with the results.”

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