Decorated army veteran killed in helicopter crash near Rome
Former ISAF coordinator and student die in training accident23 January, 17:38
Calligaris, a native of Naples, had taken command of army aviation in March 2013 and had previously served in numerous international theatres, from Lebanon to Kosovo to Iraq.
He served as coordinator of operations for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and in Chad, and assisted in Haiti after a devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 100,000 people.
He also coordinated the evacuation of Italian nationals from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya during the Arab Spring revolutions as well as other military operations within Italy. Calligaris has been awarded numerous national and international honours and medals.
Twice married, he had two children, a daughter aged 20 and a four-year-old son.