Mauro del Vecchio

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Mauro del Vecchio
Born (1946-06-07) 7 June 1946 (age 70)
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Allegiance  Italy
Service/branch Coat of arms of the Esercito Italiano (1991-2014).svg Italian Army
Years of service 1970-2008
Rank Rank insignia of generale of the Army of Italy (1973).svg Generale (General)
Commands held ISAF

General Mauro Del Vecchio OMRI (born 7 June 1946) is a former Italian Army general and politician. He commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from August 2005 to May 2006 and was succeeded by British general David Richards.

Life and career[edit]

Del Vecchio was born in Rome, Italy and graduated from the Military Academy of Modena in 1967. He attended the specialization school of Turin. He subsequently earned the rank of Tenente was given command of a platoon of Bersaglieri. He eventually became commander of a company of 8th Bersaglieri Regiment.

After that he attended theScuola di Guerra (School of Warfare) he was the commander of 1st Battalion if Bersaglieri then he was named commander of Florence military district. After his promotion to the rank of Generale di Brigata he led the infantry brigade Garibaldi. In the late 90s Del Vecchio was commander of the NATO Multinational Brigade North in Bosnia and Herzegovina (March–October 1997) and NATO Kosovo Force commander of the Multinational Brigade West in Kosovo. From September 2007 to March 2008 he was the commаnder of Comando Operativo Interforze that oversee the deployment of Italian forces around the world.

In the early months of 2008 he resigned from his position as commander of Comando operativo Interforze as he was running in the legislative election of 2008 for the Democratic Party. He was elected to the Italian senate until to 2013.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Ethem Erdagi
Commander, International Security Assistance Force
August 2005-May 2006
Succeeded by
David Richards