Takes command from Col. Gomlak is going to Belgium, the first officer of the Supreme Commander of the US Army, Gen. Cabbage
Colonel Scott W. Horrigan is the new commander of US forces in Italy, which includes bases at Camp Derby in Vicenza (Adderley and Del Din) and Livorno. Community of 16,000 people.
Mathieu Gomalak took over the lead after spending two years at Col Vicenza. The ceremony was held at Adderley in the presence of Major General Todd Wasmund, Commander of SETAF (Southern European Task Force – Africa). The flag was presented to him by Tommy Mies, Director, Installation Management Command-Europe.
Horrigan’s career spanned more than twenty years and included several missions in Afghanistan. He arrived in Vicenza from the Pentagon with his wife, Katie, and their four children. The colonel is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and has served in various assignments including the 32nd Infantry Regiment and the 10th Mountain Division. He was most recently an instructor at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
In his greetings, Col. Gomalak, who is a “Green Beret”, a Columbia graduate, and a man of marked empathy, said jokingly but not too much: “It’s no secret that a position in Italy is one of the most prestigious assignments in the US military. It took me 23 years to finally get appointed here.”
The Generalissimo was the first appointed official in Vicenza in 1988–1991.
Gomalak was assigned to Belgium as the first officer (technically) executive officers) General Christopher G. Cavoli, 59, four-star general, born in Würzburg to an army officer father of Talian origin. He grew up between Rome, Vicenza and Verona. Generalissimo Cavoli was first commissioned a second lieutenant in the 325th Parachute Regiment’s 3rd Battalion in Ederle between 1998 and 1991 in Vicenza. Cavoli, who has a master’s degree in Russian studies at Yale, was chosen by President Biden last year to head all US forces. Europe became the highest-ranking NATO official on the old continent. If it’s not (yet) a normal placement for Gomalak, we’re close.