Over 40 high school students visited the NCI Agency's refurbished Satellite Communication Ground Station F14 in Lughezzano, Verona, on 10 April 2018.
The students, who all attend secondary school A Malignani of Udine, were accompanied by their professors on the day tour, which offered them a glimpse of life at NATO.
F14 Commander LTC Diego Fasoli welcomed the students, showing them the station's four huge new antennas and explaining the role of the Agency in support of NATO's mission to protect nearly 1 billion citizens.
Speaking about the station's engagement with local community, Commander Fasoli noted: "We are really pleased to give young students an opportunity to see how a NATO base works, giving them a hint of what their future work environment could look like".
"We are NATO military and civilians, but also parents with sons and daughters just like them. We hope that the visit inspired them to consider a career in science and technology."
Site Engineer Csaba Grunda provided a technical briefing to the group, explaining how the satellites are managed 24/7 by NCI Agency and will help connect NATO, Nations and forces when they are fully operational.
"It was a great visit with a very detailed technical presentation. We are really interested in seeing the final result when SATCOM Ground Station becomes fully operational," was the overall feedback from the students.