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Striking Forces Southern Europe (STRIKFORSOUTH)


Striking Forces Southern Europe (STRIKFORSOUTH)

STRIKFORSOUTH is one of the Principal Subordinate Commands (PSCs) of Allied Forces Southern Europe (AFSOUTH). Located on the Afsouth NATO base in Bagnoli/Agnano, Italy.

Location: Bagnoli/Agnano, Italy
Veterans: 5
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2019

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Comment by PETER POLISSE on April 11, 2019 at 7:58pm

I was a YN2 with STRIKFORSOUTH FROM 65 THRU 68.  I was there for the 6 day war between Egypt and Israel and the attack on the USS Liberty by Israeli forces, and the loss of the B-52 off Palomares Spain.  RADM Guest, COMSTRIKFORSOUTH at the time, was detailed to direct the recovery of weapons aboard the aircraft.

When the Sixth fleet was changing home port from France to Gaeta, Italy, I accompanied one of our staff officers, an Italian Naval Officer and legal specialist,, Capt. Stevens to Gaeta to locate suitable housing for VADM Ashworth and his wife.  I later went back with Admiral Ashworth to show him the better homes we looked at, and then again a short time later with ADM and Mrs Ashworth.

I later had the pleasure of escorting Deputy Commander, British Forces, Malta, Brigadier R. E. C. Price and two of his Staff Officers to Monte Casino.  The British War College was taking a group of young officers to Casino to review the battle and our job was to rewrite the geography book.....Roads, bridges and even the course of the river was changed since WWII.  I acted as guide and interpreter.  

During my three years in Naples, I got to meet my parents cousins in Benevento, Bari, and Tuscany.  I also had my parents and an aunt and uncle visit from the States while I was there.  I loved Italy.  Would like to go back.

Comment by Lawrence "Ski" Gorski on April 29, 2011 at 8:31pm
I was actually stationed at AFSOUTH as my first permanent tour of duty.  I was assigned to the International Motor Pool located at the top of the hill.  When you got to the Club, turn right and you went into the motor pool.  I arrived in Feb '66 and left in Jul '68.  I spent most of my later teenage years there.  I loved it, the country and the people.
Comment by susanne m. gardner on August 8, 2010 at 2:02pm
I was stationed at COMSTRIKFORSOUTH,Naples from 1978-1982, worked under CPO Bollinger

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