General Riccardo Marchiò has been in command of JFCBS – HQ MNC NE's superior headquarters – since February 2018. As stated by General Marchiò himself, he took over from his predecessor, General Salvatore Farina, in the challenging time when the concept of security has undergone considerable evolution. Focusing on the recent actions authorized by NATO in its Eastern peripheries, he said:
Every commander has to have a direct view on what is happening on the ground. What I have seen is a success story. It is a clear demonstration of the commitment of all NATO countries.
Thus, General Marchiò emphasized the importance of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) initiative. It has been a year since the Alliance placed four battalion-sized Battle Groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. With their multinational composition and robust combat capabilities, these forces perform a deterrence function – making it clear that an attack on one Ally will be considered an attack on the whole Alliance. The eFP Battle Groups were integrated into their host nations' brigades and attached to the chain of command that follows through Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
General Riccardo Marchiò, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS), visited Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (HQ MNC NE).
General Marchiò stressed that Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast is the key pillar bracing this system on the ground as the only command with a comprehensive understanding of the Baltic region. He also highly praised how HQ MNC NE coordinates the activities of the newly established structures while operating at the highest level of readiness itself: