Brigadier General Roberto VANNACCI graduated from the Army Military Academy in 1990 as infantry (parachutist) officer. In 1991 he was commissioned into the 9th assault regiment (Army Special Forces) were he completed the Special Forces selection and qualification courses and served as Special Forces Detachment, Company and Battalion Commander.
From June 2011 till November 2013 he commanded the 9th assault regiment (SF).
From 2016 till 2017 he commanded the “Folgore” Airborne Brigade.
Additional assignments include serving as Special Forces staff officer of the Army Operational Command; Chief Special Forces of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy; Chief J3, Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (ACOS-OPS) and Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Forces Command in Rome. From 2014 till 2016 he was at the head of the International Relations Office of the Italian Defence General Staff.
Brigadier VANNCCI’s operational assignments include operation Restore Hope in Somalia as SF Detachment Commander, noncombatant evacuation operations in Rwanda and Yemen as SF Detachment Commander; operation IFOR in Bosnia as SF Company Commander; operation SFOR in Bosnia as psychological operations staff officer; noncombatant evacuation operation in Ivory Coast as SF commanding Officer and then Chief of operations; 2 deployments in IRAQ as Special Forces Task Group Commander; a deployment in Libya in support of national diplomatic authorities; 3 deployments in Afghanistan (operation ISAF) as Task Force 45 (SF) Commander, as Military Assistant to the ISAF Chief of Staff and as Chief of Staff of the ISAF SOF Command.
Brigadier VANNACCI’s education includes advanced studies in Mechanical Engineering, a Master Degree in Strategic Sciences from the University of Turin, a Master Degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste and a Master Degree in Military Sciences from the University of Bucharest.