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Captain Navunicagi Goes On First Syrian Tour Of Duty

Captain Navunicagi Goes On First  Syrian Tour Of Duty
Ro Teimumu Kepa
September 26
11:52 2017

A Republic Fiji Military Forces officer had mixed emotions when she farewelled her husband on her first tour of duty to the Middle East.

Captain Loraini Navunicagi was excited but sad at the same time because she had to be 12 months away from her husband, Viliame Navunicagi, a staff member of the Air Terminal Services.

“I am excited because this is my first Tour of Duty to Syria, so this will be an opportunity for me to learn and grow, but also sad that I will be leaving my family and especially my husband,” said the 33-year-old.

Nine months after their wedding, Captain Navunicagi, was chosen as one of the 97 personnel to serve as the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel.

“I have given him all my trust and hope he will carry on what we have been sharing together and continue with his support and love,” Captain Lo said.

Mr Navunicagi who works for ATS was on shift when she boarded the Pagus Fly Russian aircraft that was charted to carry the contingent.

He said that he was fortunate enough to bid farewell to his wife right at the bottom stairs of the plane.

The former school teacher, as described by her husband was always willing to take on new challenges and has now being serving in the RFMF for the past six years.

He said he was still coming to terms with her departure as they had been together for the last six years.

But they recently got married last December and he felt like a part of him had left with her when she left.

“I told her to be strong and to stay in touch. Communication and trust is the pillar of our relationship,” he said.

“I feel heavy right now, I feel a part of me leaving too and it is the first time for us to be apart for one year.

“Like all good things it will not come easy but in time we will get used to it and our divine prayers will be the anchor.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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