Major General Luciano Portolano
On 24 July 2014, Major-General Luciano Portolano (Italy) assumed command as Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
Major General Luciano Portolano was born on 18 September 1960 in Agrigento (Italy). He joined the Italian Army in 1981. He fulfilled his duties at all levels of command and has served in a wide variety of positions in the Italian Army and as part of Italian military missions deployed in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 2007 to 2010 he was appointed as Military Attaché at the Italian Embassy in London, UK.
From September 2012 till his appointment with UNIFIL, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Joint Operations at the Joint Operation Headquarters (JOHQ) in Rome (responsible for all abroad operations involving Italian Military personnel in the Peacekeeping Operations including, in particular, UNIFIL UNFYCIP MINURSO UNTSO MINUSMA ).
Major-General Portolano also has extensive experience in multinational peace operations. His operational tours include UN IRAN-IRAQ Observers Group (1990-1991); UN IRAQ-KUWAIT Observers Group (1991-1992); (FYROM) Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia – Operation Joint Guarantor under UNSCR 1203 (1999) as Task Force Commander; Kosovo – Operation Joint Guardian under UNSCR 1244 (1999) as Task Force Commander; Iraq - Italian Operation ANTICA BABILONIA under UNSCR 1483 (2003) as Joint task Group Commander; Afghanistan – ISAF operation under UNSCR 1386 (2001), as Commanding General Officer of Regional Command West in Herat (2011-2012).
In addition to the basic and advanced military schools and courses, Maj. Gen. Portolano attended workshops and civilian courses on Mediation and Negotiation, Information, Civil-Military Interaction, Budget and Finance, Diplomatic Relations, Major International Treaties.
As Military Advisor for Human Rights and Geneva Convention, he participated in various disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration conferences.
Major General Portolano holds a University Degree in Strategic Sciences (University of Turin), a Human Resources Management Master (i.c. Studium) and the Master in Strategic Sciences (University of Turin).
He was awarded several medals and awards during his career.
General Portolano speaks fluently French and English. He enjoys outdoor activities, playing piano and reading history books. He is married since 1986 and has a son and a daughter.