The Ugo Niutta Military Airport of Capodichino in the city of Naples has Colonel Vittorio Vicari as commander, from a professional career characterized by high studies and experience on the national and institutional scene.
The Capodichino Airport Command, named after its lieutenant Ugo Niutta, gold medal for military valor in 2021, is under the command of the Air Force Squad Command, through the Forces Command for Mobility and Support.
The institutional mission of the Ugo Niutta Airport Command is to guarantee the functionality of all general services of the airport and to guarantee the performance of the activities of all military aircraft in transit, both nationally and in third countries, or NATO. The Neapolitan Military Airport, in the context of community service, also operates to support humanitarian and hospital flights, as well as to meet the needs of the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, NATO Military Command based in Lake Patria.
The captain is directly responsible for the execution of the mission assigned to the airport command, for the discipline, organization, employment, staff training within the limits set by administrative regulations for conservation. of materials and for administrative management. It seamlessly guarantees the direction, operation, efficiency and effectiveness of the airport and its joints. It guarantees security both in peacetime situations as well as in times of tensions, national, international / NATO crisis and emergency. The commander of the Capodichino Military Airport is identified by the Italian-US Bilateral International Agreements as the national authority of reference to the US component co-located at the airport.
Commander Vittorio Vicari says: “The Ugo Niutta Military Airport represents the cooperation between Commands, Bodies, Institutions, Corps, Military, Civilians. An important team role was played not only in the airport command, but above all among the many existing realities at the airport. Bringing together realities in the interest of the land system. “
“A synergy of intentions of the Airport Command, the Territorial Technical Office of Naples, Interforces Body, the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Group under the Logistics Command, the 6th Flight Department of the State Police, the Air Section of the Guardia di Finanza, etc. , Provide support, hospitality and security. While on the other side of the runway there is a civilian entity, ENAC, which counts on the operation of civil air traffic, and a commercial part, GESAC, which counts on profits. To complete the picture, there are 4,000 US Navy soldiers in the military base.
Commander Vittorio Vicari, an interdisciplinary government that influences and encompasses various disciplines. An important trace of an exemplary work that he leaves behind his successor. Higher vocational training, especially internationally understood?
“Create synergies for the conditions of all local realities and organizations present in the area.
Thanks to Arma Azzurra for celebrating her 100th birthday, which allowed me to be who I am.
Behind all this, there is a high level of training and investment by the Air Force in training. The bulk of the pilot is the training that begins with the Air Force Academy, in the flight schools in Italy, Greece or in the USA, where I have, among other things, the opportunity to train to obtain the pilot’s license.Military. The opportunity to gain international experience, like the one in Texas, at the largest NATO pilot training base in the world, where I was an instructor for about 5 years as a future NATO fighter pilot.
There is also academic preparation through various courses, stages, seminars, etc., such as those at the ISMA in Florence (Institute of Military Aeronautical Sciences), or the ISSMI Advanced Course of Joint Force Staff, which includes studies in international relations.the “.
Commander Vicari, can you illustrate a fragment of your career, but above all the importance of the role of the pilot?
“First of all, I thank Arma Azzurra for allowing me to be an officer and military pilot and to do the best job in the world, full of challenge and exciting moments. My career comes immediately after graduating in Aeronautical Sciences, during which time he was accepted to the Aeronautical Academy of Pozzuoli (High Training Center), where he sent me to the United States of America for flight training, and later to military service. Pilot’s License. From there, a variety of missions, transfers, events, training, which to my credit over 4000 flight hours, mostly on jet planes, many of them as flight instructors, a crucial satisfying task that I had the honor of. also in the United States for about 5 years at the European NATO Joint Pilot Training (Sheppard Air Force Base – Wichita Falls Texas), to carry out the training of NATO fighter pilots.
Today, we often talk about European defense and NATO. I must highlight how the work experience, especially as a pilot, is shaped by a myriad of tasks, missions, cooperation with international connotations, common forces and integration, including a period in the UK with the European Air Group for about 3 years, as a representative Italian in the field of Air Operations to ensure the development of interoperability, standardization and cooperation between the various European countries.
Another stimulating and exciting part of my aviation career was dealing with the activities of the General Staff, both Joint and Armed Forces, where I had the opportunity to pursue and manage programs, skills, collaborations and national and international initiatives, in large numbers. by organizations from the European Union, NATO, multinationals, as well as many countries around the globe.
Commander Vicari, the cultural theme, the Ugo Niutta Military Airport, under his command and leadership, evolves into a scenario on the territory, with citizens and young high school students, thanks in particular to his sensitivity and sense of duty. What does it tell us?
“Tthe socio-cultural initiatives carried out under my command in the service of the community, with visits by students belonging to first and second schools, static exhibitions, blood donations and the pediatric oncology departments of the Santobono Pausilipon hospitals and the first polyclinic of Naples, frequent fundraising events and activation of solidarity collection centers for basic food for families in the area with socio-economic difficulties.
In addition, we supported the charity initiative “A Gift from Heaven”, sponsored by the Air Force on the occasion of Lauretan Jubilee in favor of three major Italian pediatric hospitals: the Giannina Gaslini of Genoa, the Bambino Gesù in Rome, and the Santobono Pausilipon of Naples, which allowed the purchase of health equipment for children. This represents further evidence of the proximity of Ugo Niutta Military Airport to the community.
The Capodichino Air Force operates in an area with a high population density with high levels of school dropouts, the intention was to make our contribution to the city, in line with the institutional tasks of this State Airport, which I have the honor to to direct.“.
In a short time, among the many accomplished goals, the gymnasium at the Ugo Niutta Military Airport of the Air Force, can you tell us about it, name your next project?
“On 22 July 2022, my term as Commander of Capodichino Military Airport ends.
Moments of change also bring great opportunities. A challenge that I have accepted since the first day of work here at Capodichino and which I have always interpreted with enthusiasm and passion, in an attempt to take advantage of the characteristics of the individual and the group, each towards achieving common goals. The way forward to reach a goal is to act with conviction and determination. A path that allowed us to design, coordinate and launch many projects for the department; create new skills, renovate and review buildings and airport complexes that are needed for a long time in action; implement innovative management practices to improve the environment and staff performance. A team effort that has allowed us to “run” our part of the relay in the most effective and efficient way, always keeping the well-being of the staff active in my head as a key element: those who work happily, work harder and create better!
Just to name a few: the construction of a modern Corps Nurse, an airport tower that our staff has been waiting for for over 25 years, which we have finally completed in a very short time, certainly not negligible performance for the military team . Moreover, again to ensure the well-being of the staff, the complete restructuring of the clubs, from the airport entrance from an architectural and technological point of view, and in full compliance with the restrictions.
Among the events organized, of particular importance, was the conference in the context of “World Obesity Day”, the conference on “Together our country, our youth, our culture and our future”. Other important conferences were held in our historic Salon degli Aviators, which were attended by many Federico II university professors, authorities, managers and students of the metropolitan city of Naples, as well as journalists of national caliber. During the conference, the speakers focused on the social problems of young people from adolescence to adulthood.
There are still many projects under study, including the equally ambitious feasibility project for the construction of a historical museum for the preservation of values and the memory of the aviators. In addition, the potential and location of Capodichino Military Airport must be considered, requiring optimization of logistical and operational capabilities to ensure the interoperability and readiness of military personnel in the Air Expeditionary Task Force (AETF) components. ), with a central southern connotation “.
Interview with Valentina Busiello and First Lieutenant Giacomo Riviezzo (Press Officer)
Photo Aeronautica Militare