Deputy Commander, Allied Land Command
General Paolo Ruggiero was born on
September 26, 1957 in Naples. He is a graduate of the Italian Military Academy
in Modena and he was commissioned as a Field Artillery (FA) Officer on
September 1, 1977.
As a junior officer he served in the
"Ariete” Armoured Division as FA Battery EXO, Battery Commander, FA Battalion
S3 and S1. As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded the 1st FA Battalion at the
Field Artillery School and as a colonel he commanded the 52nd FA Regiment
As a staff officer he has held several
positions at both the Italian Army and Defence General Staff, such as: Chief,
Operations Office at the Army General Staff; Chief of the Executive Office of
the Chief of Italian Defence Staff; Chief of the Executive Office of the Deputy
Chief of the Army General Staff; Chief of Staff of the Army Logistic Command.
From 1997 to 2000, he was also appointed
Assistant Army Attaché in Washington D.C..Promoted to Brigadier General in 2005, he
commanded the 132nd "Ariete” Armoured Brigade. During this period, he was
deployed as the Commander of the Joint Task Force - Sector West to South
Lebanon within the UNIFIL Operation (October 2007 to May 2008).
Major General in 2009, he commanded the Field Artillery Headquarters.Promoted to Lieutenant General on 1st July
2014 he was appointed Commander of the Army Command for Education, Training and
School of Applied Military studies in Turin.
From February to September 2015 he was
deployed to Afghanistan first as Chief of Staff and then as Deputy Commander
for Transition of the NATO "Resolute Support” mission.
Highlights of studies and courses he has
attended include: Officer Advanced Course, at the US Army FA School in Ft.
Sill, Oklahoma (1987); Basic and Advanced Staff Courses at the Italian Army
Staff College (1991 and 1995); Command and General Staff Course at the US Army
Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (1992).
He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s
Degrees in Strategic Military Studies.
His principal honorary awards include: Army
Meritorious Silver Cross; Commander of the Meritorious Order of the Republic of
Italy; Army Gold Medal for Longevity in Command; NATO Medals for peace-keeping
missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan; UN Medal for participation in the
UNIFIL Mission; US Army Meritorious Service Medal; Order of the Cedar of the
Republic of Lebanon; Medal of Multinational Cooperation (level II) of the
Republic of Slovenia.
General Ruggiero is married to Holly Ann,
and they have two daughters, Adriana (27) and Valeria (22). He enjoys running,
jazz music and history.