The Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Army Corps General Pietro Serino took part in the ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the constitution of the Alpine troops.
The event took place in Naples where on 15 October 1872 the Corps was established by King Vittorio Emanuele with the signing of decree no. 1056, which formed the first fifteen Alpine companies.
The Alpine Army Troops in 150 years of life serving the country and the community have participated on the front line in all major military campaigns, as well as rescue operations for populations affected by natural disasters.
The Chief of Staff of Defense, in his speech, said: “I am particularly proud of this occasion, being myself the son of an Alpine and having a son in my turn in the Alpine troops. We have seen the Alpine troops write history for 150 years. and set it with precious gems of heroism.
Admiral Cavo Dragone then concluded: “Having been Commander of the IOC I can say that by visiting missions abroad, wherever the Alpine troops have passed, words of absolute praise are spent by the allied countries: this has always made me particularly proud, in gathering the glory of the Alpine troops around the world and what they concretely demonstrated in the field. “
In Piazza del Plebiscito all the war flags of the Alpine and Alpine departments were lined up, the Labaro of the National Alpine Association (ANA) and three armed companies of the 9th Alpine regiment of L’Aquila (Taurinense brigade), 8th Alpine regiment stationed in Venzone (Julia brigade) and the Alpine Training Center of Aosta, together with a representative of the Civil Protection and the ANA field hospital.
Present were the dean of the Alpini on duty, General of the Army Corps Francesco Paolo Figliuolo and the Commander of the Alpine Troops, General of the Army Corps Ignazio Gamba. At the end of the ceremony, punctuated by the music of the fanfare of the Julia and Taurinense brigades and the reading of the Alpino prayer, the homage by the Frecce Tricolori, which flew over Piazza del Plebiscito twice.
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