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The Italian Military Geographic Institute Commander


Il comandante dell'IGM

Maj. Gen. Pietro TORNABENE since 6th October 2017 is the Commander of the Italian Military Geographic Institute.

From the 30 May 2016 until 1 June 2017 he has been deployed in Afghanistan as the DCOS-SPT of Resolute Support Mission – Kabul.

From 26 September 2014 until 26 May 2016 was Commander of the Italian Army Engineer Command and Inspector of the Italian Army Engineer Branch.

Maj.Gen. Pietro TORNABENE was born in Genova on 2nd June 1962, grown up in Sicily, he attended the 163rd Officer`s Course of the Italian Military Academy (sited in Modena) in 1981 and the following School of Application in Turin, becoming an Officer of the Corps of Engineer.

He has the following degrees: Strategic Science (University of Turin), Civil Engineer (transportation) (University of Pavia), Diplomatic and International Science (University of Trieste).

He has a Master in Strategic Science bestowed by the University of Turin and a Master of Strategic Studies bestowed by the US Army War College.

Regarding the military career, he was appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 1 September 1983 and has held numerous assignments. Particularly as 1st Lieutenant in 1986, he was Company Commander in the 131st engineer battalion "Ticino" in Novara, then Platoon Commander in the Military Academy for the 169th course, Bridge Company Commander in the 2nd Engineer Bridge Regiment in Piacenza, Chief Section in the Engineer Infrastructural Office of Bologna, Chief of the Italian CIMIC Unit in Sarajevo, Commander of the 1st battalion of the Engineer Railway Regiment and Commander of the same Regiment in Castelmaggiore (Bologna).

The principal courses attended regard: the Military Engineer Course in the Italian Engineer School in Roma, the 120th Command and Staff Course and War College in the Italian War School of Civitavecchia, the 4th Italian Joint Staff College Course in Roma, the 11th Superior Course for Officers employed in the infrastructural field, the Multinational Joint Logistic Course in the NATO School of Oberammergau, the NATO Logistic Course in the Technische Schule in Aachen, the 20th Italian Joint CIMIC Course, the SFOR CIMIC Course in Sarajevo, the US Army War College in Carlisle (PA), and the 5th Post Conflict Rebuilding Management Course (2009) in Turin.

As Staff Officer he performed different duties, from July 1998 to October 2000, he was G3 chief in the South Operational Command in San Giorgio a Cremano (Naples). Besides, he was Lecturer of Tactics for the 13th and 14th Institute Course for Carabineer Officers in the War School of Civitavecchia (Rome).

From November 2006 to May 2008 he was Chief of the Italian Army Movement and Transport Branch of the Army Logistics Command.

From August 2010 until September 2014 he was the Italian Military Attache` in the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.

Maj.Gen. Pietro TORNABENE speaks English and Spanish, and worked with NATO as member of the following Working Groups:

  • Surface Movement and Transport Working Panel of the Land Board of Standardization;
  • Sub Group 4 (Transport Logistics) of the AC/326 (Ammunition Safety Group);
  • Working Group del Planning Board for Inland Surface Transport (PBIST WG).

He has been awarded of the following medals:

  • Knight of the Italian Republic;
  • Golden Service Cross;
  • NATO Medal for Service with NATO on Operations in Bosnia and Kosovo (1999);
  • Medal " Merito Militar" of the Mexican Army (24/07/2013);
  • Medal US Legion of Merit rank Officer (10/07/2015);
  • NATO Medal for Service with NATO (non art.5) Resolute Support Afghanistan (2017)

Maj.Gen. Pietro TORNABENE is married with Alessandra Mesini and has a daughter of 25, Chiara.