THE SUPPORT BRIGADE
The Support Brigade is the Support Unit of the HQ. It provides command
support, allowing COMNRDC-ITA and his staff to exercise command and control
over the assigned divisions and Corps troops. The Support Brigade consists
of the 1st Signal Regiment based in Milan, a Tactical and Logistic Support
Regiment and the Post HQ based in Solbiate Olona. Command support includes
the provision of communication and financial support, the transport and
building up of the NRDC’s deployable command posts (CPs), the establishment
of a combined radio and satellite communication network. The Support Brigade's
main task is to guarantee the Corps staff life support by deploying,
moving, feeding, accommodating, administering and protecting it.
THE 1st SIGNAL REGIMENT
The 1st Signal Regiment is based in the “SANTA BARBARA Barracks
in Milan” and it is articulated in two Signal Battalions the “SPLUGA”
and the “SEMPIONE”. The Regiment provides NRDC – ITA
HQ with C4 support both in peace time and operations. In order to fulfil
this task, the “SEMPIONE” Battalion is full-time committed
to the provision of Communication and Information System support at Rear
Alternate Step up (RAS)/Rear Support Command (RSC) CPs, while the “SPLUGA”
Battalion covers the CIS requirements of NRDC-ITA HQ Main CP.
The Regiment was already deployed in operations for C4 support in 1997
to the Multinational Protection Force (MPF) Command in Albania and in
1999-2001 in Kosovo and Bosnia.
THE TACTICAL AND LOGISTIC SUPPORT REGIMENT
The Regiment has the specific task of providing life support to the HQ
NRDC – ITA and the Signal Brigade Command both in peace and on operation.
The main tasks assigned to the Regiment are: to guarantee the support
in terms of Real Life and to assure all CPs’ defence, management
and logistic support. The Regiment also based in “UGO MARA”
Barracks is composed of a broad typology of coys able to cope with the
different aspects of “life support”. The Regiment task organization
is based on 5 Companies: Transport, Commissariat, Rifle, Engineers and
Command and Logistic Support.
The Regiment has a wide spectrum of equipment: vehicles, including heavy
transport vehicles, tankers, motorcycles and mechanical handling equipment.
The Supply Company plays a fundamental role as it is equipped with shelters
for different purposes, such as bakery, laundry, kitchen, showers and
toilettes. This makes it capable of satisfying 380 people per hour in
terms of Real Life support.
Through the employment of the Rifle Company and of an antitank Platoon
the Regiment is able to assure and enhance the defence and security (Force
Protection) of all NRDC-ITA CPs. The Regiment medical organization is able
to set up a first-aid point for each CP.
THE POST HQ
The POST HQ is responsible for managing and maintaining the infrastructures
of the “UGO MARA” Barracks as well as for providing assistance
to newly assigned personnel and their families while settling down in
Solbiate Olona and its surroundings.
The Reception Agency is in charge of dealing and co-operating with civilians
agencies such as schools, local administrations, National Health Service
which are spread over the territory.