COLONEL MICHELE AMENDOLAGINE

Colonel Michele AMENDOLAGINE was born in Vicenza in 1968. He joined the Military Academy in 1986 and after four years, he graduated as a lieutenant.

From 1990 and 1999, he served in the 19th Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion and in the 132nd Armored Artillery Regiment as platoon, self-propelled artillery battery and armored anti-aircraft artillery battery commander, and G3 Office Chief. In 1997 he held the position of Staff Officer in the CJ5 Plans and Policy Branch of SFOR HQ in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 1999, after the War College, he was posted to the 1st Force of Defense HQ, a Corp level HQ, as Staff Officer in the G3 Office and as Fire Control Section Chief. In 2001, he joined the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in the Balkan Area where he served, for five months, as EUMM Monitor in Mitrovica, Kosovo and, for one year, as Deputy Head of EUMM Regional Office in Podgorica, Montenegro. In 2003, as G3 Staff Officer in the Mantova Division HQ, he was deployed in Iraq in the Multinational Division SW (Bassora) acting as G3 watch-keeper.

In 2004, as a major, he attended the Joint Staff College and in 2005, he served at the Italian Army General Staff as Staff Officer in the Logistic Department. Main duties included equipment procurement and development of the Italian Future Soldier Program.

In 2007, he was promoted lieutenant colonel and, in 2008, he commanded the 1st Artillery Battalion of the 132nd Armored Artillery Regiment.

In 2009, he returned to the Italian Army General Staff where he was appointed head of “Light Weapons, Ammunition, Equipment and Future Soldier Program” section in the Logistic Department.
From 2009 to 2012, he was designated Italian representative in various NATO and EU working groups dealing mainly with the standardization of ammunitions and the dismounted soldiers’ interoperability. He had also the opportunity to work with U.S. Company EXELIS for the development of a new night vision system for dismounted soldier operations.

From 2012 to 2015, he was assigned to the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps in Valencia. Spain, as Chief Plans in the  G4. In 2013, he was promoted to colonel.

In 2015 he commanded the 52nd Ground Artillery Regiment and in 2016, the Horse Artillery Regiment for the Italian Army.

From 2017 to 2021, he served in various positions within the Northern Operational Forces Command as chief of the General Affairs Office, Logistic Office and Documentary Office.

On February 22, 2021, he was appointed as the Italian Base Commander on Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

Colonel Amendolagine holds several decorations and awards. He also earned a graduate degree in Strategic Science from the University of Turin, as well as from the University of Rome.  In addition, he attended the NATO Regional Cooperation course for Mediterranean Area at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

Colonel Amendolagine is married to Maria, a software programmer with a degree in Information Technology and Science. The couple has three children: Vittorio, Domenico, and Sofia.