Major Marco APPODIA is a Combat Engineers Senior Officer of the Italian Army. He was born in Subiaco (Rome) on April 12th, 1974. During his (academic) life, He has got/attended: a certificate of accounting to address planners, a bachelor’s degree in “Organization and Management”, a first-level Master Course in “Communication and Public Relations in Business and International Organizations”, a Master’s degree in “Strategic Studies and Diplomatic Sciences”, a post-laureamcourse in “Leadership”, a post-lauream course in “Explosive and Energetic Materials for Security management” and a 2nd Level International Master Course in “Protection against CBRNe events”.
(Military) Basic Education and Training:
Academy for non-commissioned Officers (Sergeant, Sergeant Major and Warrant Officer from 1996 to 2001).
In 2001, after a selection of Italian Ministry of Defence, He was promoted Second Lieutenant and attended the Technical Application Course for Young Officers as Combat Engineer.
(Military) Advanced Education & Training (in Italy):
“Ammunition Technician” Course at the Italian Ministry of Defence, EOD and CBRN EOD Courses at the Italian Ministry of Defence; C-IED Courses at the Italian Ministry of Defence;
CBRN Defence Courses at the Italian Ministry of Defence.
EOD Platoon Leader and Head of EOD Section at Italian EOD Training Centre.
Incident Commander during the maxi-emergency consequent to the accidental explosion of an Ammunitions and Explosives Depot in Gerdec Village, Vore municipality (ALB);
Italian Subject Matter Expert at FINABEL;
EOD Company Commander, Head of EOD Department, Head of EOD Analysis and Info sharing and Head of Education & Training Section at Italian C-IED CoE.
Secretary of the European Defence Agency Project Team CBRN EOD;
Technical advisor/national representative at the NATO MCLSB Interservice EOD Working Group.
EOD and CBRN EOD Master/Senior Instructor
CBRN EOD Subject Matter Expert/Master Instructor in support of NATO EOD CoE in Trencin (SVK). Head of Education and Training Branch at the European Centre for Manual Neutralisation Capabilities (ECMAN) in Vienna.
Head of Education and Training Department at the Italian C-IED Centre of Excellence in Rome.
Advanced Education & Training (abroad – NATO/EU Nations):
EOD and CBRN EOD Courses in other nations – NATO countries/multinational organizations/partners of Italian Ministry of Defence;
C-IED Courses in other nations– NATO countries /multinational organizations/partners of Italian Ministry of Defence.
Decorations and recognitions:
Medal of Honour for long command (silver);
Golden Cross for length of service (seniority) (25 years);
Commemorative Medal for participation at mission abroad: Afghanistan;
Commemorative Cross for participation at Operations Other Than War;
Commemorative Cross for participation at Humanitarian Assistance Operations: Irak;
Bronze Medal for merit during Civil Protection Operations in Italy;
Commemorative Cross for Homeland Security Operations;
NATO Commemorative Medal: Afghanistan;
UN Commemorative Medal: South Lebanon;
Commemorative Medal of NATO EOD Centre of Excellence “Assisting in Saving Lives”;
“Deutsches Sportabzeichen” and “Leistungsabzeichen der bundeswehr”;
Military driving Instructor and Instructor of Phisical Training and Ski and art of fighting in mountains; Commemorative Medal of European Centre for Manual Neutralisation Capabilities (ECMAN).
Afghanistan, Albania, Irak, Libya, Malta, Qatar, Serbia, South Lebanon.
Language proficiency levels
English: LWSR 4 3 3 3 (in accordance with NATO STANAG 6001).
French: personal knowledge.
Major Marco APPODIA lives in Rome with his family: Gioia, his wife, and Piergiorgio, a 3 years old bold kid.