General Luciano Portolano received his Commission as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant
in 1981 from the Army Military Academy. After that, upon completion of his
Officer's training he was appointed as 1st Lieutenant in the 27th Bersaglieri
Battalion in Aviano (Pordenone). LGEN Portolano has commanded at every possible
level and has served in a wide variety of assignments, including:
a Company Grade Officer: rifle platoon leader, rifle Company Commander, HQ
Company Commander while serving with 27th Battalion, Ariete Armed
- as a Field Grade Officer: Commander, 67th Bersaglieri Battalion of
the 18th Bersaglieri Regiment, Commander 18th Bersaglieri Regiment and
Commanding General Officer, "Sassari" Mechanized Infantry Brigade;
- as Staff Officer: Doctrine and Regulations for the Army General Staff,
Rome; Training for the Army General Staff, Rome; Chief of Training and Regulations
Section of the Doctrine, Training and Regulations Branch of the Army General
Staff in Rome; Chief, Land Operations Branch of the Italian Army General Staff.
From September 2012 to July 2014, he served at the Joint Operation Headquarters
in Rome as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
July 2014 LGEN Portolano was appointed UNIFIL Head of Mission, and Force
Commander of the United Nations multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon
until July 2016 (UNSCR 1701).
His operational tours include:
- UN IRAN-IRAQ Observers Group (1990-1991);
- UN IRAQ-KUWAIT Observers Group Plans Officer (1991-1992);
- Operation JOINT ENDEAVOUR (FYROM*, 1999), Task Force Commander;
- Operation JOINT GUARDIAN (Kosovo, 1999) , Task Force Commander;
- Operation ANTICA BABILONIA (IRAQ, 2003), Joint Task Group Commander;
- Operation ISAF AFGHANISTAN - Regional Command West in Herat (2011-2012),
Commanding General Officer;
- United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Head of Mission and
Force Commander (2014 – 2016).
has attended the following military schools and courses: Military Academy,
Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Basic Airborne School, Basic
Mountain Warfare Course, Army Staff College, Army Senior Staff College and
Joint Staff College, CBRN School, and the US Army Command and General Staff
College - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. In addition, he has attended various
courses related to the position of Military Attaché in the Mediation and
Negotiation, Information, Civil-Military interaction, Budget and Finance,
Diplomatic Relations, major international treaties domain. He has also taken
part in Military Advisor for Human Rights and Geneva Convention, Disarmament,
Demobilization, Reintegration Conferences and Courses.
2007 to 2010 he also served as Military Attaché at the Italian Embassy, in
London, UK. LGEN Portolano holds a University Degree in Strategic Sciences
(University of Turin), a Human Resources and Complex Systems Management Master
(i.e. Studium) and the Master in Strategic Sciences (University of Turin).
1st September 2016 LGEN Portolano has been appointed as Joint Force Command
Naples Chief of Staff and Head of European Union Command Element.
Lieutenant General Portolano speaks French and English fluently. He enjoys outdoor
activities, playing piano and reading history books.
has been married since 1986 and has one son and one daughter.
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