Day 23: Remembering our Italian partners at General Patton’s headquarters, Gela

The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major campaign of World War II, in which the Allies took the island of Sicily from the Axis powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It began with a large amphibious and airborne operation, followed by a six-week land campaign, and initiated the Italian Campaign.Husky began on the night of 9–10 July 1943, and ended on 17 August. General Bernard Montgomery led the British 8th Army, which landed on the southeast side of Sicily. General George Patton’s U.S. 7th Army landed on the south-central part of the island, near Gela. Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the hard-charging U.S. General to tire of what he thought was a stagnant, play-it-way-too-safe style of warfare being run by the Commander of the land forces, General Alexander. So he took charge! All from his headquarters in Gela. Tonight, dignitaries from the city of Gela, leadership from Naval Computer Telecommunications Station (NCTS) Sicily, and Fleet Master Chief (SS/SW) Addington of U.S. European Command, conducted a wreath laying at the city of Gela’s monument to the Italian lives lost during Operation Husky. The team was then invited to visit General Patton’s headquarters and stand where he stood the day of the battle on the city of Gela. We toured the grounds and even saw a letter written from a U.S. soldier to his sweetheart—and the pencil with which he wrote it! What an incredible sobering moment! I’m thankful to work with the NCTS team as their interim PAO and watch great leadership in action. Tonight is one to remember!

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