LIVORNO, Italy – Arianna Cappetti has called Livorno home her entire life.
As a young woman in Livorno, she applied for a job in the US Army and was hired at nearby Camp Darby, where she began working as an administrative specialist for the Public Works Directorate. The year was 1985.
Thirty-seven years later she is still working for the Army but now as a senior union representative and liaison between the Italian local national workforce and the Army at Camp Darby and Leghorn Army Depot.
Cappetti, assigned to the Logistics Readiness Center Italy, 405th Army Field Support Brigade, said she became a member of one of two 10-member union groups supporting the Livorno area in 2003 and was selected to lead that group in 2018 .
“We have a lot of employees here, so I’m pretty busy,” Cappetti said. “For example, I will help if there is a safety issue or a relationship issue at work. And I always try to solve these questions and problems at the lowest level.”
It’s not just about solving problems and problems either, she said.
“We work with the joint commission and review the contracts every four years. And when we have a contract extension, we make sure the benefits are included. We will even try to increase the benefits whenever possible,” Cappetti said.
“Changes within a contract are not just monetary,” said Cappetti. “The most important changes are usually found in the articles of the contract that change job requirements.”
Being a senior union representative requires a lot of communication and dedication, but the job also brings a lot of satisfaction, said Cappetti, who is also an administration specialist at LRC Italy.
“Solving a problem for an employee and solving a problem for management at the same time is one of my greatest satisfactions,” said Cappetti, adding that she genuinely enjoys influencing the workforce and the company whenever possible .
“For example, when a cut is announced, it can be a very stressful time for the workforce,” she said. “Your work is part of your life. When I help out as a union leader on something this serious, I’m helping to solve life’s problems.”
Cappetti said she also enjoys working for the army because of the many opportunities.
“Opportunities to take on more responsibility and grow are important,” she said. “Every day I am in contact with a different culture in which I have to speak a different language so that it doesn’t get boring. Every day is a new day and every day I learn something new.”
One of the most important things about the job, aside from the economic part, is the ability to develop, said Cappetti, who has a 26-year-old daughter.
“The army gives its employees the opportunity to develop themselves,” she added.
LRC Italy is one of seven LRCs under the command and control of the 405th AFSB. LRCs perform installation logistical support and services that include delivery, maintenance and transportation, and operations of garment dispensing facilities, management of hazardous materials, personal property and household goods, personnel travel, management of non-tactical vehicles and garrison equipment, and operation of property ledgers. When it comes to providing day-to-day installation services, LRC Italy directs, manages and coordinates a variety of operations and activities in support of US Army Garrison Italy.
LRC Italy is subordinate to the 405th AFSB, attached to the US Army Sustainment Command and under the operational control of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Europe and Africa. Headquartered in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the brigade provides material business support to U.S. forces throughout Europe and Africa – providing logistics to sustain the theater; synchronize procurement, logistics and technology; and utilizing the US Army’s Material Company in support of joint forces. For more information on the 405th AFSB, visit the official website and official Facebook page.