ISAF Regional Commander West

Brigadier General R. Castellano (IT)

Brigadier General Rosario Castellano was born in Castellammare di Stabia (NA) on November 17th, 1959.

 From 1978 to 1982, he attended the 160th Course of the Army Military Academy in Modena and the Army Application School in Torino.

In 1983, he was assigned to the 5th AIRBORNE “EL ALAMEIN” BATTALION as Rifle Platoon Leader and, later, Rifle Company Commander, afterwards, he became the Training, Operations and Information Office Chief of the 186th AIRBORNE REGIMENT in Siena.

After leaving the Regimental Command, he was again assigned in Rome, as the J5 Plans Division Chief of the Joint Operational Headquarters.

From 1993 to 1996, he attended the following courses:  Italian Army Junior Staff College, Spanish Army Staff College and the Italian Joint Staff College. From 1998 to 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the 5th AIRBORNE “EL ALAMEIN” BATTALION and, subsequently, he assigned to the General Army Staff in Rome. From 2002 to 2004 back in the “FOLGORE” AIRBORNE BRIGADE, as a Colonel he became the Regimental Commander of the 186th AIRBORNE REGIMENT. 

He attended all the most significant courses of the Airborne Specialty, to include:  Military Free Falling Course, Jump Master Course and Pathfinder Course.

In addition to the Strategic Science Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Torino, he earned a second Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and the Strategic Science Master Degree.  Moreover, he has a perfect knowledge of both English and Spanish languages.

His decorations include:

  • Knighthood of the Italian Republic Meritorious Order,
  • Two Army Silver Meritorious Crosses (KFOR, Kosovo 2001 and 2004),
  • The Army Bronze Meritorious Cross (SFOR, Bosnia Herzegovina – 1999),
  • The NATO Meritorious Service Medal (KFOR, Kosovo – 2004),
  • The Golden Medal for long military parachuting activity,
  • The Golden Cross for long military service,
  • The Bronze Medal for long command,
  • 5 NATO Medals (no. 3 for the Former Jugoslavia and no. 2 for the “non article 5” Balkans),
  • The Commemorative French Medal (Former Jugoslavia - 1999),
  • 5 National Commemorative Service Medals for Operations in:  Lebanon, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina and Afghanistan.

He is married to Mrs. Maddalena Castellano and they have a daughter whose name is Veronica.