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Airborne School Director

Giulio Festa is the Director of the European Paratroopers Association Airborne School. He is responsible for conducting and coordinating all airborne training held at the School. He is currently serving as an Officer holding the rank of First Lieutenant at a Reserve Unit of the Italian Armed Forces, as well as the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the British LFVR. Festa has over 25 years of both active duty and reserve career with the Italian Armed Forces and he had the privilege and honour to serve with the Folgore Airborne Brigade, one of the most prestigious and combat-experienced units in the Italian Army, as well as with other infantry and cavalry elite units of the Army. As an Italian Army NCO he has served as an Operational Paratrooper, Cavalry Scout, Squad Commander and Drill Instructor. He then worked his way up from being a NCO to an Officer in his nation's Armed Forces reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. In this position, he has mostly served as a Training Officer.

Festa's background as a military instructor spans more than two decades. Being both an accomplished Airborne and Combat Instructor with years of experience, he has conducted airborne and special operations training course in Italy but also with multiple foriegn countries, and has been training several military and police units of different nations in various theaters around the world ranging from the Est Europe and North Africa to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has served with the Italian Army Recruit Training Center, the unit dedicated to train infantrymen for service in the Army, and as Training Officer he was assigned at the Combat Training Program (Overseas Deployment) for ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission in Afghanistan, as well as he was responsible for coordination, development, and implementation of training plans for the Military Units deployed in Afghanistan for the NATO-led security mission.

As part of his lengthy military background he has received specialized training to include, but not limited to, Airborne, Combat Marksmanship, Close Quarter Battle, Urban Warfare, Counter-terrorism, Personal Security Detail, Combat Medic and multiple special operations training courses, and participated in training operations and exercises with airborne and special forces units of the NATO and friend countries such as, the Special Operation Command Europe (SOCEUR) and Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), the Echo Company 51st INF (LRS)(ABN), the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team "Sky Soldiers", the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) of the US Army, the military police Feldjägerbataillon 750, the airborne units Luftlandebrigade 26 "Saarland" and Luftlandebrigade 31 “Oldenburg“ of the German Army Special Operations Division, the Para-Commando Brigade of the Belgian Armed Forces, the Rapid Reaction Brigade (Brigada de Reacção Rápida) of the Portuguese Army, the Counter-Terrorist Group “Omega” of the Ukrainian Spetsnaz and more. Festa has earned different national and foreign medals, airborne wings and military qualification badges. Among his many awards and decorations are the Afghanistan Medal, the Homeland Security Medal (2 Bronze Stars), the NATO Non-Article 5 (ISAF) Medal, the US Army Achievement Medal, the Austrian BKFR Honor Cross (Gold), the Italian Military Parachutist Badge, the US Army Master Parachutist Badge, the German Military Parachutist Badge (Gold), the Belgian Military Parachutist (A) Badge, the Portuguese Military Parachutist Badge, and numerous other military awards and decorations.

Airborne Division (AD) Courses:

#100A PARACHUTE JUMP COURSE – SL
#101A PARACHUTE JUMP COURSE - FF
#102A PARACHUTE JUMP COURSE - HALO
#103A PARACHUTE RIGGER COURSE
#109A PARACHUTE INSTRUCTOR COURSE
#110A PATROL SCOUT (PATHFINDER) COURSE
 

Combat Division (CD) Courses:

#200C TACTICAL PISTOL COURSE – BASIC
#201C TACTICAL PISTOL COURSE - ADVANCED
#202C TACTICAL RIFLE COURSE - BASIC
#203C TACTICAL RIFLE COURSE - ADVANCED
#204C TACTICAL SHOTGUN COURSE - BASIC
#205C TACTICAL SHOTGUN COURSE - ADVANCED
#206C SQUAD DESIGNATED MARKSMAN COURSE
#207C ASSAULT RIFLE COURSE
#208C MACHINE GUN COURSE
#209C PRECISION RIFLE (SNIPER) COURSE
#210C SPECIAL REACTION TEAM (SRT) COURSE
#211C TEAM TACTICS (SWAT) COURSE – BASIC
#212C TEAM TACTICS (SWAT) COURSE – ADVANCED
#213C CLOSE QUARTERS COMBAT (CQC) COURSE - BASIC
#214C PERSONAL SECURITY DETAIL (PSD) COURSE
#215C TACTICAL BREACHER COURSE
#216C TACTICAL PATROL COURSE
#217C K9 HANDLER COURSE
#218C HAND TO HAND (H2H) COMBAT COURSE – BASIC
#219C HAND TO HAND (H2H) COMBAT COURSE – ADVANCED
#220C ACTIVE SHOOTER COURSE
#221C POW SURVIVAL (SERE) COURSE
 

Medical Division (MD) Courses:

#300M TACTICAL MEDICAL COURSE – BASIC
#301M TACTICAL MEDICAL COURSE – ADVANCED
#302M COMBAT STRESS COURSE – BASIC
#303M COMBAT STRESS COURSE – ADVANCED
#304M SWAT MEDIC COURSE
 

Waterborne Division (WD) Courses:

#400W TACTICAL SCUBA DIVING COURSE – BASIC
#401W TACTICAL SCUBA DIVING COURSE – ADVANCED
#402W TACTICAL WATERBORNE (ANTI-PIRATE) COURSE – BASIC
#403W TACTICAL WATERBORNE (ANTI-PIRATE) COURSE – ADVANCED
#404W COMBAT SWIMMER COURSE

 

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