Alessandro lived a fairly ordinary life in a typical Italian family where family came first and food was plentiful. His mother came to The Netherlands at a young age due to her father getting a job at a consulate in The Netherlands. She eventually met and married a Dutch man with Spanish roots. Alessandro was the third child which meant that he grew up being the baby of the family. Being the baby of the family wasn’t always easy. It meant that you couldn’t get away with things as easily as your older brothers could at your age. You were always being watched and while knowing that you were being loved and cared for, you didn’t have enough room to explore. Alessandro’s parents however raised him well. A religious mother taught him how to recognize wrong from right and an Army serviceman father taught him order and discipline.
Despite that, Alessandro wasn’t able to reach his full potential as a human being until later on his life. After finishing college, Alessandro decided to join the Royal Dutch Army at the age of 18. His father served in the Army as well but the circumstances were different. Andrea Decosta was required to join the army under the Dutch conscription law. Fortunately for him, he never got deployed. This meant however that the stories he told Alessandro were often of comradery. The hardships of war were never talked about. Even though Alessandro knew that deployment was possible, the severity and horrors of war didn’t hit him until he was deployed in Afghanistan back in 2009 under the command of General Peter van Uhm where he took part of Mission 'Task Force Uruzghan'. Alessandro, who is part of the 17th Infantry Battalion, "Garderegiment Fuseliers Prinses Irene" of the 13th Light Brigade flew into Kabul and saw a country in ruins. While his job consisted mostly of on base activities such as guarding, there were times that he was required to go off site.
This was the first time Alessandro actually experienced death and despair. Both made a strong impact on the young man. He often considered quitting after his tour in Afghanistan to join his local Police Force but he couldn’t turn his back on the atrocities that happened around the world. This wasn’t about protecting his country anymore. It was about making a difference. Saving lives. Creating order and peace around the world. Being a perfectionist made his work nothing short from exemplary. He grew out to be a trustworthy leader amongst his units but his adamancy to provide good work kept him making close friends. It didn't help that wasn't exactly a social creature. He kept to himself whenever he could, which made him somewhat of a mystery amongst his colleagues. He left Afghanistan after six months with the Dutch rank of 'Korporaal' [Corporal] (OR-3)
Four years have passed since Afghanistan. Alessandro again had thoughts about leaving the army now that he and his wife had a baby. But the Army became like a home to the man and he still felt like there was more that he needed to do. An indescribable feeling of not having accomplished your life's goal. It had become known that Takistan had a nuclear arms program supported by China. Information arose that the New Takistan Army was beginning to fragment as well. NATO was gearing up for a bolstering of forces in upcoming deployments. Alessandro, who was now Sergeant (OR-5), and his unit were deployed as part of the international NATO coalition sent into Takistan to handle the situation and growing threat of insurgents in the country. Alessandro didn't enjoy talking about this war all that much. In comparison to his time in Afghanistan, Takistan felt like a more violent war. This probably due to the fact that his deployment in was rather late, making him luckily miss the Battle of Chora. His wife often questioned him about the Takistani war but he often gave out vague answers. After eighteen month tour, Alessandro returned to the Netherlands with the rank of Sergeant der 1ste Klasse (OR-6).
It is now 2017 and the world's eyes turned to the developing situation in South Zagoria. A war torn region now pestered by an unknown disease and civil unrest. Decosta was ordered to partake in a groundbreaking multinational UN effort on world stage where he could potentially make the difference he was hoping to make. This would also be his final tour. "After this, no more." he promised his wife. Not fully knowing the dangers ahead, he said, what later turned out to be, his final goodbye to his family members. Alessandro quickly found himself on a military transport to Miroslavl where he, amongst other units were organized into a multinational peacekeeping force under the command of the ambitious and stern Colonel Ripley. He dispatched the unit to Chapaevsk with the order to secure the area whilst awaiting his mission briefing.