EUNAVFOR MED OPERATION IRINI

Chief of Staff BRIGADIER GENERALMatteo Spreafico

Matteo Spreafico

 

BG Matteo SPREAFICO was born on the 6th of March 1969 in Aosta. His career started attending the Army Military Academy in Modena in 1988 ( 170° Course “AUDACIA”).

After having attended the Officers School in Torino, he was promoted 1 st Lieutenant in 1992 and assigned to the mountain infantry branch (Alpini). Among his command appointments, he was Platoon Commander and Deputy Company Commander of the 5 th Alpini Regiment in Vipiteno (Bolzano), Company Commander of the 7th Alpini Regiment in Feltre (Belluno) and NCO Company Commander of the Mountain Troops Training Center in Aosta.  Among his command appointments, he was Platoon Commander and Deputy Company Commander of the 5th Alpini Regiment in Vipiteno (Bolzano), Company Commander of the 7 th Alpini Regiment in Feltre (Belluno) and NCO Company Commander of the Mountain Troops Training Center in Aosta. Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2008 he was appointed firstly as Commanding Officer of “Morbegno” Alpini Battalion, 5 th Regiment in Vipiteno and later as Battalion Commander of the Military Academy in Modena. In 2013, promoted to the rank of Colonel he commanded the 8th Alpini Regiment. In 2019 he was appointed as Commander of the Mountain Troops training Center in Aosta.

His military experience also includes appointments as Staff Officer for Plans and Operation Section at the Army General Staff in Roma, as Chief of Current Operations at Mountain Troops HQ in Bolzano, as military policy Staff Officer at the Italian Representative to North Atlantic Council in Brussels and in addition he served as Chief of the Operational branch at the Italian Army General Staff, and Chief of Staff of the Mountain Troops HQ in Bolzano. He has got military experience in national and international operations: RIACE, VESPRI SICILIANI and STRADE SICURE national homeland security operations, JOINT GUARDIAN in Sarajevo as Company Commander, ANTICA BABILONIA in Iraq as Military Assistant of the Deputy Commanding General of the Multinational Corps Iraq and in Afghanistan firstly in 2007 as mentor of 3rd btg Commander of the 203rd Afghan National Army within the Operational Mentoring Liaison Team mission and in 2015 as TF Commander in Herat as part of Train Advise Assist Command West. In 2018 he was the Cdr of the European Training Mission Somalia in Mogadishu. In addition to his Mountain Infantry Qualification Course, he is also Military Ski Instructor, Mountaineering Military Instructor and Mountain Rescue Team Commander. His military education includes the Italian Army Staff College and the Italian Army Joint Staff College.

BG SPREAFICO has Information Technology and Political Science Degrees.

He is married with Mrs. Barbara and has two daughters Giulia and Alice. The 22nd September 2023.

BG SPREAFICO was appointed as Chief of Staff of Operation EUNAVFOR MED Irini.

Chain of command

Deputy Operation Commander Rear Admiral (LH) Guillaume FONTARENSKY(FR Navy)
Operation Commander Rear Admiral (UH) Stefano Turchetto(IT Navy)
Chief of Staff BRIGADIER GENERAL Matteo Spreafico(IT ARMY)
Force Commander COMMODORE KONSTANTINOS BAKALAKOS(GR Navy)