New Mission Commander for EU Training Mission in Somalia

EUTM Press Release, 17 December 2013 – Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi was today appointed new Mission Commander for the EU training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia).

General Mingiardi, from Italy, will take up his duties on 15 February 2014.

He will succeed Brigadier General Gerald Aherne, who had been in the position since February
2013.

EUTM Somalia, launched in spring 2010, has contributed to training about 3,600 Somali troops so far, with a special focus on officers, specialists and trainers.

It is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach for a stable, democratic and prosperous Somalia and embedded in the EU strategic framework for the Horn of Africa. The mission provides specialised military training and mentoring in the training domain.

It also delivers political and strategic advice to the Somali ministry of defence and the chief of defence forces and advises on security sector development. This is to lay the foundations of a Somali-owned military training system. In the first months of 2014, the mission is set to conduct all its advisory, mentoring and training activities in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Today’s decision was taken by the EU’s Political and Security Committee.

For more information, see the factsheet and the EUTM Somalia website.

Biography of Brigadier General Massimo MIGIARDI 

Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi was born In 1963 in Florence. He joined the army in 1982 and was commissioned into the Airborne Brigade Folgore as a Platoon Commander.

In 1986, after completing the four-year course at the Military Academy in Modena and at the School of Military Studies in Torino. After two years he was appointed as an Instructor to the Military Academy.

In 1991 he was commissioned as a Company Commander in the Airborne School in Pisa.

In 1992 he was appointed as a Company Commander in the 186° airborne regiment in Siena and with his company took part in Operation RESTORE HOPE and in UNISOM II in Somalia. After one year at the war college, 1994 to 95, he was appointed as a staff officer to the General Army Staff in the Intelligence Branch until 1998.

From 1998 to 1999 he attended the Joint Senior Staff Course and after one year as a staff officer in the General Defence Staff, he commanded the 5th Airborne Battalion in Siena from 1999 to 2001 taking part in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN in Kosovo.

From 2001 to 2006 he was appointed as Chief of Section in the J5 Plans Division in the IT Joint Operations Headquarters (Italy’s PJHQ equivalent). From 2006 to 2008 he commanded the 183°Airborne Regiment Nembo in Pistoia (Tuscany).

He joins the Royal College of Defence Studies in London upon completing two years as Chief of J5 Plans Division at the Italian Joint Operations Headquarters in Rome.

In October 2011 was appointed as Commander of Airborne Brigade Folgore.

From April 2013 he is the Deputy Commander of Infantry School.
He graduated in Political Science at Bologna University and in Military Studies at Torino University. He got a Master in Strategic Science at Torino University and a Master in International Strategic and Military Studies at Milano University.

He attended the European Security Defence Policy Orientation course. He enjoys a wide variety of sports (in particular skydiving) and hobbies.

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