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Qiliho Replaces Kalouniwai

Qiliho Replaces Kalouniwai
December 31
09:39 2014

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), is reorganising and restructuring units for better efficiency.

New Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, said this yesterday after his appointment was announced.

“Yes, the RFMF is undertaking changes which are also about bringing in efficiency,” he said.

“That is still an ongoing process now which is undertaken by the RFMF Headquarters in consultation with the Land Forces and also the Fiji Navy.”

The RFMF Engineers, he said, had carried out a lot of government projects and for next year, they would be working on projects worth $12.7 milion.

This year, he said, they worked on projects worth about $20m.

“In that regard, the RFMF is looking at bolstering up the Engineers Battalion numbers because of the tasks required of them by Government.”

This, he said, had been finalised until the start of the New Year and would take them the first quarter of next year to get the movement of the personnel done.

“Instructions on that will be issued by the RFMF Headquarters soon and this will bring about efficiency and better outputs for the RFMF.”

Commenting on his new appointment, he said it came with lots of responsibilities especially with the army part and the navy.

“I must thank the Commander RFMF for seeing that potentional in me and appointing me the Commander Land Forces and promoting me Colonel today.”

Colonel Qiliho said with the many military ties RFMF had now, they also had a lot of training opportunities offered to the army officers and the Fiji Navy officers.

The New Zealand military, he said, had in the past been the RFMF’s traditional trainers. “Our first commanders were from the NZ military before the first local commander, Colonel Manueli was appointed.”

He said offers for training were there from both New Zealand and Australia but they were not going to forget their military partners who had come on board since 2006.

Training for officers in Malaysia, he said, had been ongoing. India and China were also involved with training. The RFMF has started relations with Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

He said they woud look at all the training opportunities available to them especially those enhancing the professionalism and capabilities in the RFMF.

Colonel Qiliho is from Rukurukulevu Village, Cuvu, in Nadroga.




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