Brigadier General Giovanni PARMIGGIANI was born in NOVELLARA (RE), North Italy. In 1985, he joined the Italian Army Military Academy in Modena and was commissioned as infantry officer (Second Lieutenant) in 1987. Brig. Gen. PARMIGGIANI has served as an amphibious infantry officer at all levels. Upon graduation from the School of Applied Military Studies and Infantry Officers courses, he was assigned to the lagunari amphibious Regiment in Venice where he served as AAVs Platoon leader, Reconnaissance Platoon (RECON) Commander and Infantry Company Commander. As such, he has taken part to several international amphibious exercises. After that period, he was assigned to the Military Academy as Cadets Company Commander for two years. In 1997, he attended the Italian Army War College followed by an assignment to the Italian Land Forces Command (COMFOTER) in Verona as Operations Officer (Branch G3). In 1999, he served in Bosnia Herzegovina as staff officer at the French framework multinational Division Headquarters MND-SE in Mostar (NATO SFOR).
From July 2001 to July 2002, he attended the French “Coll ge interarm es de D fense (Joint War College)” in Paris. Upon completion, he was assigned to the Italian Defense General Staff in Rome (Executive Office of the Chief of the Italian Defense General Staff).
In 2004, he returned to Venice as lagunari amphibious Battalion commander, when he planned and organized the lagunari assets in the joint and combined exercise “West African Training Cruise 2005”.
In September 2006, he started his three-year assignment as Army Assistant to the Italian Defense Attach in Paris (France).
He commanded two regiments. From 2009 to 2010 Brig. Gen. PARMIGGIANI was the 58th regiment commander of the 85th Volunteers Training Regiment in Montorio Veronese (VR).
From 2010 to 2011 Brig. Gen. PARMIGGIANI was the 44th regiment commander of the lagunari amphibious Regiment in Venice. During this period, he led the entire Regiment in Afghanistan as “Task Force South”, in FARAH province (Regional Command West), in NATO ISAF mission.
From August 2011 to 2014 he was appointed as Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (ACOS-OPS, Chief Branch G3) of the Italian Army Land Forces Command in Verona.
Promoted Brigadier General, from October 2014 to September 2015 he was appointed as Deputy DCOS OPS of NATO ISAF Headquarters (Kabul – Afghanistan) that has since been renamed Headquarters Resolute Support (RS HQ).
From October 2015 to September 2016 he was appointed as DCOS Operations, Training, Intelligence and Lessons Learned of the Italian Land Forces Command in Verona.
From September 2016 to September 2017 he was assigned, once more, as Deputy DCOS OPS of NATO Resolute Support Headquarters (Kabul – Afghanistan).
From November 2017 to September 2020 he became the 80th Commander of the “Pozzuolo del Friuli” combined arms Brigade, based in Gorizia (North Italy). During this period, he performed as Commander of Landing Force (CLF) during the “Joint Star 2018” joint amphibious exercise.
Afterwards, he trained and led the Brigade in Afghanistan as “Train, Advise and Assist Command West” (TAAC W), a NATO joint multinational command which operates in the western region, under Italian lead, within the framework of operation NATO “Resolute Support”.
He took up the appointment as Chief of Staff of the Northern Operational Forces Command, in Padova, on September 2020 until 2022 when he has been appointed in NRDC GR as DCOS PLANS.
His academic qualifications include two Italian 5-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in “International and Diplomatic Science” (Italy – University of Trieste) and “Strategic Studies” (Italy –
University of Torino), two master degrees in Strategic Studies, a French Degree of in-Depth Studies as well as a French “Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)” from “Ecole pratique des hautes etudes/EPHE”
He fluently speaks French and English as well as some Portuguese.
Brigadier General Parmiggiani is married to Cristina and they have three beloved children and he enjoys supporting his family.
MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
– Silver Cross to the Italian Army Merit;
– Italian Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic;
– US Officer Degree of the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster;
– French Knight (Chevalier) of National Order of Merit (Ordre national du M rite);
– Cross with Swords pro Merito Melitensi of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta;
– Italian Long-service Gold Cross;
– Italian Army Long Command Merit Medal, Silver Grade;
– Afghan “Der Sha Pawzi Khedmat” for best military service medal;
– Ukrainian Armed Forces Cultivation of Military Cooperation Medal;
– Italian Maurician Medal to the merit of ten lustrums of military career;
– Italian Commemorative Medal for operations in Afghanistan;
– Italian Commemorative Medal for peacekeeping operations;
– Italian Commemorative Medal for operations of Public Order (Vespri Sicilani and Strade Sicure);
– Italian Commemorative Medal for the cooperation (Afghanistan);
– NATO Commemorative Medal – Bosnia Herzegovina;
– NATO Commemorative Medal – Afghanistan (Non-Article 5 Medal ISAF with 2 multi-tour indicators);
– NATO Commemorative Medal – Afghanistan (Non-Article 5 Medal AFGHANISTAN with 3 multi-tour indicators);
– French commemorative Medal – Former-Yugoslavia (M daille comm morative fran aise/Ex-Yougoslavie).
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Italian Army Academy;
Italian Army War College;
French Joint War College;
Italian bachelor’s degree in “Strategic Studies” (University of Torino);
Italian bachelor’s degree in “International and Diplomatic Science” (University of Trieste);
Two master degrees in Strategic Studies;
French Degree of in-Depth Studies (Dipl me d’ tudes approfondies – DEA) (France/Paris – Ecole pratique des hautes etudes/EPHE) ;
French Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Defense “History, Texts and Documents” (Doctorat mention Histoire, textes, documents (HTD) (France/Paris – Ecole pratique des hautes etudes/EPHE).
1. Fluent in French;
2. Fluent in English;
3. Basic Portuguese.