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Giulio Festa assumed duties as Director of the European Paratroopers Airborne School, in June 2016 after spending years as Director of the Airborne Training Center. In this function, he is responsible for the coordination of the activities of the School including planning and training as well as administrative concerns. He is also currently serving as C-in-C of the EPA's Operational Detachment. 

Festa has over 25 years of both active duty and reserve career with the Italian Armed Forces, he is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne School and he had the privilege and honour to serve with the 2nd Battalion, 187th Parachute Regiment, "Folgore" Airborne Brigade, one of the most prestigious and combat-experienced units in the Italian Army, as well as with other infantry and cavalry elite units of the Army. As an Italian Army NCO he has served in a variety of troop assignments. From 1992 to 2006, he served as an Operational Paratrooper, Infantry Rifleman Squad Leader, Cavalry Scout Squad Leader, and as Drill Instructor of the infamous 84th "Venezia" Training Battalion. He then worked his way up from being a NCO to an Officer in his nation's Armed Forces. In 2007 he was appointed as Lieutenant and served mostly as a Training Officer at the Training and Operations Office of the IRC Military Inspectorate. In the same year, he joined the LOF Volunteer Reserve Forces, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Festa's background as a military instructor spans more than two decades, he is a Parachuting and a Marksmanship military instructor with years of experience. Being both an accomplished Airborne and Combat instructor he has conducted airborne and special operations training course in Italy but also with multiple foriegn countries, and has been training several military and police units of different nations in various theaters around the world ranging from the Est Europe and North Africa to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has served with the Italian Army Recruit Training Center and as Senior Training Officer he was assigned at the Combat Training Program (Overseas Deployment) for ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission in Afghanistan, as well as he was responsible for coordination, development, and implementation of training plans for the Italian military medical units deployed in Afghanistan for the NATO-led security mission.

As part of his lengthy military background he has received specialized training to include, but not limited to, Airborne, Combat Marksmanship, Close Quarter Battle, Urban Warfare, Counter-terrorism, Personal Security Detail, Combat Medic and multiple special operations training courses, and participated in training operations and exercises with airborne and special forces units of the NATO and friend countries such as, the Special Operation Command Europe (SOCEUR) and Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), the Echo Company 51st INF (LRS)(ABN), the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team "Sky Soldiers", the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) of the US Army, the military police Feldjägerbataillon 750, the airborne units Luftlandebrigade 26 "Saarland" and Luftlandebrigade 31 “Oldenburg“ of the German Army Special Operations Division, the Para-Commando Brigade of the Belgian Armed Forces, the Rapid Reaction Brigade (Brigada de Reacção Rápida) of the Portuguese Army, the Counter-Terrorist (Spetsnaz) Unit “Omega” of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior and more.

Festa’s awards and decorations include different national and foreign medals, airborne wings and military qualification badges. Among his awards and decorations are the Afghanistan Medal, the Homeland Security Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the NATO Non-Article 5 (ISAF) Medal, the US Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, the Austrian BKFR Honor Cross (Gold). The Italian Military Parachutist Badge, the US Army Master Parachutist Badge, the German Military Parachutist Badge (Gold), the Belgian Military Parachutist (A) Badge, the Portuguese Military Parachutist Badge, The German Army "Schützenschnur" in Gold (for weapons proficiency) and "Leistungsabzeichen" in Gold (for military proficiency), the Belgian Military Sport Badge, the US Army Expert Marksmanship Badge, the Ukrainian Spetsnaz Badge and different other military awards and decorations.

 

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