|Maj. General Paolo Gerometta|
September 7, 1955 |
|Service/branch||Italian Army Cavalry|
|Years of service||1974 - today|
90th Commander of the “Savoia Cavalleria” Regiment
Major General Paolo Gerometta was born in Venice on September 7, 1955 and his origins are from Anduins, a small village in the Val D’Arzino (Pordenone - Italy). Major General Paolo Gerometta is married to Mrs. Roberta Zamborlini, with two sons (Giovanni and Lorenzo).
In October 22, 1974 he attended the 156th Military Academy course and in 1976 became Cavalry Officer. After completing the application school and obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, in 1978 he was assigned to the “Lancieri di Novara” 5th Tank Squadron Group at Codroipo (UD), where he covered Staff positions and also commanded several Leopard tank units at platoon and squadron levels. In 1988-1989, he attended the 113th Staff Course and was then assigned to the Army General Staff Recruitment, Status and Promotion Office. In 1991-1992, he attended the 113th advanced Staff Course. From September 1993 to September 1994, he commanded the 1st Squadron Group of the 4th “Genova Cavalleria” Regiment. Moreover, he was at the head of a Squadron Group belonging to the “Pozzuolo del Friuli Brigade” within Operation “Vespri Siciliani” .
At the end of this mission, he was reassigned to the Army General Staff Recruitment, Status and Promotion Office, where he was in charge of:
- the section liaising with the organizations representing military personnel;
- the section dealing with Recruitment, Status and Promotion issues of NCOs, Volunteers, as well as with female recruitment and the so-called “Army professionalization”.
On July 1, 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and on September 11, 1999, became the 90th Commander of the “Savoia Cavalleria” Regiment. In such a position, he commanded Task Force “Sauro” (“Savoia Cavalleria” Regiment plus 3rd Tank battalion), within Operation “Joint Guardian” in Kosovo from October 26, 1999 to March 8, 2000. From September 2000 to September 2004 he was Chief of the Defence General Staff Recruitment, Status and Promotion Office, dealing with legislative matters concerning the professionalization of the military instrument. Moreover, from December 2001 to September 2004 he was a member of the Consultative Committee to the Chief of the Defence General Staff and to the Commanding General of the Guardia di Finanza (Finance Police), as regards female military service.
On January 1, 2004, he was promoted Brigadier General and on January 14, 2006, he became the 72nd Commander of the “Pozzuolo del Friuli” Cavalry Brigade and from November 8, 2006 to April 22, 2007, he served as Commander of the Italian Contingent in Lebanon and of UNIFIL Sector West. On October 19, 2007, he stepped down as Commander of the Cavalry Brigade and on October 22, 2007, took up the position of Chief of the Personnel Legal and Financial Affairs Department at the Army General Staff . On July 1, 2009, he was promoted Major General, still covering the position of Chief of the above-mentioned Department.
From July 13, 2012, after being elected to the Military Representation Central Council (COCER), was appointed President of the Army branch.
- degree in Strategic Sciences from the University of Turin, where he also obtained a 2nd level Master Degree
- degree in Political Sciences (historical/political matters) from the University of Trieste.
From January to December 2005, he also attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
Medals and Decorations
Bronze Medal for Army valour;
Silver Cross for Army Merit;
Knight of the National Order of the Cedar (Lebanon);
NATO medal for service in Kosovo.
- National Order of the Cedar
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