Was born in Milan on 16 August, 1969.
After attending the Italian Air Force Academy from 1988 to 1992, he graduated from Federico II University, Naples, with a degree in Aeronautical Science cum laude. He obtained his Military Pilot License at Sheppard AFB ENJJPT in Texas, USA in September, 1992 on T-37 aircraft and the following July on T-38A aircraft. Post February 1994, he completed the transition to G-91 aircraft at the 32nd Wing in Amendola (FG), Italy and to TORNADO PA-200 aircraft at Cottesmore TTTE (Tri-National TORNADO Training Establishment) International School in the UK.
Assigned to 6th Wing Ghedi (BS), Italy from 17 February 1994 – 2005, he was Flight Commander at the 102nd Squadron and achieved full Operational Roles and Qualifications for TORNADO Pilots including Formation/Package Leader, Chase, FCF (Functional Check Flight) and TORNADO Instructor.
Returning to the ENJJPT in Sheppard AFB from 2005 to 2008, he was Director of Operations (DO) at the 90th Squadron and Pilot Instructor for T-38 A/C aircraft. During this time he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the AETC Commander (Air Education and Training Command).
From 23 May until November 2010 he was assigned at the Regional Command West – H.Q as Joint Air Task Force Commander for ISAF Operation in Afghanistan.
Re-assigned to the Air Force Staff 3 Department his duties were:
He was assigned to the 4th Department (Military Programs) of the General Defense Secretary/ National Armaments Directorate, as Head of the Aeronautical Programs Office from September 2013 until August 2015.
In September 2017, he was made DCOS (Deputy Chief of Staff) at Air Command, Rome until 28 September, 2018 when he became the Italian Joint Cell SNR (Senior National Representative) at the US CENTCOM in Tampa, Florida with the rank of Brigadier General until 13 October, 2019.
Since the 11 November 2019, he is has been appointed Director of the NATO Strategic Direction – South Hub (NSD-S Hub) in JFC Naples.
Brig. Gen. Davide RE has over 2,700 hours of flying time in 6 different aircraft; SF260, T-37, T-38A, T-38C, G-91T and Tornado PA-200 (IDS–Interdiction Strike and ECR–Electronic Combat Reconnaissance).
During his career, to date, he has been awarded different medals including the Aeronautical Military Medal for Long Air Navigation First Grade (Gold), the Bosnia Commemorative Cross, the Gold Cross for Service Experience (25 years), the Former-Yugoslavia NATO Medal, the First Level Bronze Award for Operations, the Bronze Medal Award as Commander, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Italian Republic Medal of Merit and others.
During his career to date he has been awarded:
He is married to Mrs. Ilaria DEGL’INNOCENTI and has a 9-year-old daughter, Vittoria.