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PM commends military

February 05
10:15 2013

Prime Ministery and Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama pins medals to the recipients during the medal presentation at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday. Photo: RAMA

By MAIKELI SERU

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama called for support, allegiance and hard work from members of the Fiji Military Forces yesterday as Fiji gears up for next year’s elections.
In the first military parade of the year involving those serving in the barracks and those in Government positions, Commodore Bainimarama told his men to be on guard against critics who had been trying to tear down the reforms in place since 2006.
The parade saw the awarding of medals of Meritorial Service Decorations to members of the Regular Force, Service Decorations to some members of the Territorial Force, Meritorial Service Awards to some non-commissioned officers, and Service Awards to non-commissioned officers in the Territorial Force.
These men had also served the RFMF for more than 15 years.
“Na metali, e i dole ni veiqaravi kei na yalodina ka vakavotukana kina na nomuni cakacaka e na loma ni mataivalu (The medals reciprocate the hard work, honesty and loyalty which had been shown in your work in the military),” Commodore Bainimarama told medal recipients yesterday.
Among those who were awarded medals were the director of immigration, Major Nemani Vuniwaqa, former Fiji rugby trailist Tu Sai Seru, and those who had served the army for more than 15 years.
Commodore Bainimarama also thanked the military for their rehabilitation work around the country, especially the Western Division during Cyclone Evan.

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