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New Herat airport terminal named after fallen Italian soldier

New Herat airport terminal named after fallen Italian soldier

Col. Vincenzo Lauro ITA ARMY
Regional Command-West Public Affairs

Herat, Afghanistan (Feb. 13 2012) — Herat’s new airport terminal has been named after Captain Massimo Ranzani, an Italian officer fallen in Shindand following an IED strike in 2008.

The monument bearing the name of the officer was unvieled during a Monday morning inauguration ceremony. It was Lieutenant General Claudio Graziano, Chief of Staff of the Italian Army, together with Mr and Mrs Ranzani, the fallen Captain’s parents, and Brigadier General Luciano Portolano, Commander of ISAF Regional Command West (RC – West) who officially inaugurated the terminal.

The ceremony was also attended by the Governor of Herat, Mr. Daud Shah Saba and other Afghan civilian authorities together with the Commanders of Afghan National Security Forces from the area.

The new terminal, a 750.000 Euros project, was designed and financed by Herat’s Provincial Reconstruction Team. Currently manned by men and women of the Italian Army’s 3rd Bersaglieri Regiment, the terminal was completed in less than 10 months by local workers employed by Afghan companies. It has been designed to accommodate more than 1000 passengers per day.

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