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Major General Antonio SATTA was born in Sassari, Italy, in 1956. He joined the Italian Army Military Academy in 1974 and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 1976. Between 1978 and 1988, he served within the “Folgore” Airborne Brigade as Platoon and Company Commander, and then as Staff Officer (S3) at Battalion and Brigade level. From 1989 to 1994 he was Staff Officer in the Operations and Training Branches of Italian Army General Staff and then, back to the “Folgore” Airborne Brigade, he served as Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion / 186th Parachutist Regiment in Siena (Tuscany). In 1989 and 1991 he attended the Italian Army Staff College, resulting among the graduates of the Basic and Advanced General Staff Courses. From 1992 to 1993, Major General SATTA attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Staff Officer and then as Head of the Financial Planning Section in the Italian Army General Staff. He then moved back to the “Folgore” Airborne Brigade as Commanding Officer of the 183rd Parachutist Regiment “Nembo” in Pistoia (Tuscany). From March 2000 to November 2004 Major General SATTA reported to a joint position as Chief, General Planning Office within the 3rd Division of the Italian Defense General Staff. Meanwhile, he attended the NATO “Crisis Management” and “Force Planning” Courses at the NATO School in Oberammergau (GE), the “Defense Resources Management Course” at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA (USA), the “Peacekeeping for Decision Makers Course” at the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies in Newport, RI (USA), the “Near East - South Asia Regional Strategy and Security Policy Course” at the “Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies” of the “National Defense University” in Washington, D.C. (USA). He also attended the Course for “Advanced Formation for the Semester of Italian Presidency of the European Union Council” and the Course for “Strategic Planning and Process Reengineering in the Defense Ministry”, both at the National School for Public Administration. Major General SATTA holds a Master's degree in Strategic Sciences at Turin University and one in International and Diplomatic Sciences at Trieste University. Moreover, he has earned an Advanced postgraduate Diploma in "Humanitarian Right, Peace building and Constructive Conflict Management" at the Advanced School of Public Administration in Rome and one in Strategic Sciences at Turin University. From November 2004 to June 2005 he was appointed as Chief, Coalition Operations Office within the Multinational Force IRAQ – HQ. In September 2005 he was appointed as the 23rd Commander of “Folgore” Airborne Brigade, and from October 2006 to July 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan as Commander of Regional Command West in Herat. He was then assigned to the NATO RAPID DEPLOYABLE CORPS – ITA as Chief of Staff for a two years mandate. On August 11th 2009 he became the Deputy Commander of NATO Forces in Kosovo. After a thirteen-month’s tour of duty, he returned to Italy and was appointed as the first Commander of the Deployable Logistic Command, responsible for providing the required Combat Service Support to all Theatres of operation where Italian Land Forces are deployed. In September 2013 Major General SATTA assumed the post of Deputy Commander and Italian Senior National Representative of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Turkey (NRDC-T) in Istanbul and, during that mandate, he deployed to Afghanistan for nine months as Deputy Commander ISAF Joint Command and Theatre Senior National Representative. On 26 September 2014 MG SATTA took his place back to NRDC-T as Deputy Commander. Fluent speaker of English and French, Major General SATTA took part in several operations abroad: Lebanon, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been awarded several decorations: the Army Bronze Medal for Gallantry; the Army Bronze Cross for Meritorious Service; the Order of Merit of the Italian republic rank of Commander; the Mauritian Medal for distinguished Military Service; the Meritorious Medal for Long Command; the Gold Medal for Long Parachutist Service; the Distinguished Army Service (Gold) Award; two Bronze Meritorious Medals (Lebanon 1983 and Kosovo 1999); the UN and the National Awards for the Mission in Somalia; the National Humanitarian Award for Relief Operations during the Irpinian Earthquake (Italy); the NATO Award for Mission in Kosovo; the U.S. Legion of Merit, rank of Officer, for his Service within MNF-Iraq; the National meritorious Medal for the Operation in Afghanistan; the NATO ISAF “Non-Article-5” Meritorious Medal; the U.S. Meritorious Service Medal; the Lithuanian Defence Distinction Medal; the Slovenian Gold Medal for Cooperation and Friendship; the Spanish Meritorious Badge for ISAF Mission; the French “Légion d’Honneur” Medal; the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Medal of Merit degree of Commander with Crossing Swords; the German Bundeswehr Gold Cross; the Romanian Emblem of Merit in Service of Peace. Major General SATTA is married to Mrs. Marina and resides in S. MARINELLA (Rome). They have twins, Alessandro and Simona.