Lt. Col. Robert Ruffolo (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Nobiluomo Robert Ruffolo, knight commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, is a retired U.S. Army officer and diplomat emeritus. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in modern European history and also two master’s degrees. He has been knighted seven times for his work internationally.

Lt. Col. Robert Ruffolo (U.S. Army, Ret.)

While stationed in Italy at the end of his military career, retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Ruffolo helped an RAF officer find the grave of a grandfather who gave his life while storming Monte Cassino during World War II. Prior to my retirement from the U.S. Army, my last military assignment was to the United States Diplomatic Mission to Italy in 2012. These are normally capstone assignments that wrap up a career, but, looking back, a greater power “arranged” that assignment for another reason. An adjunct duty in my assignment to Italy was serving as one of the seven national …

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