Paolo Gerometta

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Maj. General Paolo Gerometta
Paolo 5.jpg
Born (1955-09-07) September 7, 1955 (age 61)
Venice, Italy
Allegiance  Italy
Service/branch Coat of arms of the Esercito Italiano.svg Italian Army Fregio storico arma cavalleria.jpg Cavalry
Years of service 1974 - today
Rank Rank insignia of generale di divisione of the Army of Italy (1973).svg Major General
Commands held

Stemma storico di savoia cavalleria.jpg 90th Commander of the “Savoia Cavalleria” Regiment
Stemma araldico e distintivo dello Stato Maggiore Difesa.svg Chief of the Defence General Staff Recruitment, Status and Promotion Office
CoA mil ITA b cav Pozzuolo.jpg 72nd Commander of the “Pozzuolo del Friuli” Cavalry Brigade

Sme scud.jpg Chief of the Personnel Legal and Financial Affairs Department

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).

He is member of FIDAL[1] as Master 55 runner, besides he is an amateur mountain biker.

Military service[edit]

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[2] 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.[3]

Academic Titles[edit]

- degree in Strategic Sciences from the University of Turin, where he also obtained a 2nd level master's 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[edit]

Valor dell'esercito bronze medal BAR.svg Bronze Medal for Army valour;[4]

Croce al merito dell'esercito silver medal BAR.svg Silver Cross for Army Merit;[5]

ITA OMRI 2001 Com BAR.svg Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic;

Order of the Cedar - Knight (Lebanon) Ribbon.png Knight of the National Order of the Cedar (Lebanon);[6]

Cruz del Mérito Militar con distintivo blanco.png Spanish Army Cruz del Merito Militar con Distantivo Blanco;

Equestrian order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem BAR.svg Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem;

Sacro Militare Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio.png Commander for merit with Silver Plaque of the Holy Military Constantinian Order of St.George;

Mauriziana BAR.svg Mauritian Medal for Merit, 50 years of Military Service;

Medaglia al merito di lungo comando nell'Esercito 15 BAR.svg Silver Medal for Length of Command;

UNIFIL Ribbon bar.gif United Nations medal for service in Lebanon;

NATO medal for service in Kosovo.


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