Last Parade For Singha
Lieutenant-General Iqbal Singh Singha officiated at his final regimental outing as chief guest of the Fiji contingent presenting them with UNDOF medals.
He is the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF) head of mission and force commander.
The medal presentation started with a parade by the Fijian troops at Camp Ziouani drill square.
The force commander was thrilled the marching of the Fiji soldiers to the beat of the 1FIR 10 – piece brass band led by Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Waisea Waqabaca.
Lieutenant- General Singha said, “The medals that I have presented on behalf of the secretary general, Mr Ban Ki- moon, is in recognition of the hard work and dedication to duty by each individual, during your tour of duty with UNDOF.”
He also paid tribute to the Fijian peacekeepers passing through a very sensitive and crucial period when four other troop contributing countries left the mission area without relief.
He congratulated the Fijian battalion commanding officer Lieutenant -Colonel Isoa Loanakadavu for the impeccable turnout and outstanding drill displayed by his troops on parade.
He took over command as force commander UNDOF from Major General Natalio C. Ecarma III from the Phillippines on August 13, 2012.
The RFMF’s land force command chief of staff, Lieutenant- Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, said all soldiers serving with UNDOF for more than 90 days qualify for UNDOF medals.
The medals, he said, were presented in recognition of the contribution they made as peacekeepers.