VALTER VIRDICHIZZI – Was born on 18 July 1963 in Monza Northern Italy, graduated in political science and international relations at the University Guglielmo Marconi in Rome. In 1982 he served in Folgore Brigade Italian Army paratroopers and in 1985, after the NCO Academy as Special Forces Operator in the 9th Regiment “Col Moschin” Italian Army SF.
Valter attended courses at: the Military School of Parachuting in Pisa Italy (IT), the Alpine Military School of Aosta (IT), the COM.SUB.IN of the Italian Navy, the International LRRP School of Weingarten (Germany). He is SF instructor, Army instructor of mountaineering and skiing, Army instructor of close protection; he is Army free fall jump master HALO HAHO and qualified in combat scuba diving. Valter was deployed in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Sudan.
From 1996 to 2000 Valter operated as military assistant in Malta collaborating with Malta Maritime Squadron, Malta Police Special Assignment Group (SAG), Malta Revenue Security Corp and other Malta Armed Forces Units.
In 2005 Valter was qualified ITC (Instructor Training Course) NASA/ESA at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne (Germany), he then collaborated with the European Space Agency for the training courses of the Astronaut Corp.
During his service in the Army Valter kept sessions in courses and international
conferences in Italy and abroad:
- “The role of SF and LRRP Units in Reconnaissance Surveillance and Target
Acquisition (RSTA)” in Rome (IT)
- “Close Protection in Non-Permissive Environment”, Guardia di Finanza (Italian
Revenue Police) in Orvieto (IT)
- “Special Forces Operators Selection and Training” at the Armed Forces Academy
in Tasken (Uzbekistan).
- “Non-Permissive Environment, Security and Intelligence” at the Italian Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Crisis Unit
In 2008 Valter was posted to the Joint Operations Command of Special Forces (COFS)
in Rome as Senior SF NCO, qualified Army Intelligence Specialist, Valter attended SF
Intelligence Analyst Course at the NATO Special Operations Headquarter of SHAPE, he
worked in the J2 COFS Intelligence Office, in 2009 was deployed at the Special
Operations Force Fusion Cell (SOFFC) in Kabul.
From 2010 Valter served in the Department of State, he retired in 2021. Valter Virdichizzi is the Author of TACTICAL SURVEILLANCE (Il mestiere della sorveglianza fisica) Rubbettino Editor July 2021 – ISBN: 9788849867879. Valter is the co-founder of 2VR s.r.o. consulting, registered in Brno, operating in Czech Republic and Slovakia with close ties with local companies, Armed Forces and Police Corps.
Valter is married to Barbara and have a son; they live between Italy and Switzerland.