Maj. Gen. Giovanni Gagliano was born in Catania on the 1st October 1969.
Appointed Lieutenant in 1992 after having attended the 169th course at the Military
Academy in Modena and the Junior Officers’ School in Turin, he was assigned to the 11th
Signal Regiment “Leonessa” in Civitavecchia, as Platoon Commander first and Commanding
Officer later, until 1999.
After attending the 126th General Staff Course, in 2001-02, he joined the Combined General
Staff College in Leavenworth (USA).
In 2002, he was assigned to the Army General Staff as Staff Officer at the General Planning
Branch until 2009. During this period, he attended the Higher Institute of Joint Force Staff
Course in Rome and, in 2006-07, he served in the UN Strategic Military Cell (New York),
within the UNIFIL Mission in Lebanon.
In 2009-10, he returned to Civitavecchia to take command of the Tonale Signal Battalion
and, from 2012 to 2014, as Commanding Officer of the 28th Operational Communications
Regiment in Pesaro.
He held several positions in direct support of Top level Authorities including: Head of
Section and Military Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Minister of Defence, Chief of Staff
of the General Office of the Army Chief of Staff and Chief of the Office of the Deputy Chief
of Defence Staff.
He took part to various operations abroad, inter alia in Somalia (1993), Bosnia Herzegovina
(1996 and 1998), Kosovo (2000) and Afghanistan (2005 and 2011).
From 2016 to 2019 he held the position of Military Attaché at the Italian Embassy in the
United Kingdom, in London.
From 2019 to 2021 he took command of the “Pinerolo” mechanized Brigade in Bari.
From 2021 to 2022 he served as the Head of the C5I Department at the Army General
Staff in Rome. In July 2022 he has been appointed the Head of the VI Division – C4I
Systems and Transformation of the Italian Defence General Staff in Rome.
He holds a University degree in Political Sciences from the University of Trieste and a
degree in Information Sciences from the University of Turin. He also earned two Masters
in Strategic Sciences and Strategic-Military International Studies.