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Military Women Take Charge At State House Gates

The guard commander, Sergeant Venina Naitogotogo, was one of the eight female guards who had commanded the first female guards that took part during the July change of guard ceremony.
01 Dec 2019 15:23
Military Women Take Charge At State House Gates
Guard commander Sgt. Venina Naitogotogo (left) with her team of RFMF personnel during the State House Change of Guard ceremony on November 30, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There was a different order in changing of the guards at the State House gates in Suva yesterday.

For the first time, the ceremony included eight female guards from three different units within the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) to promote gender equality.

The eight female guards were from the Third Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR), Logistic Support Unit (LSU) and the Engineers Squadron.

The guard commander, Sergeant Venina Naitogotogo, was one of the eight female guards who had commanded the first female guards that took part during the July change of guard ceremony.

The ceremony began with a march from the Suva Flea Market to the State House entrance before the Fiji Police Force handed over the duties to RFMF.

Among the crowd was 54-year-old Italian tourist Elizabeth Tylor who witnessed the ceremony for the first time.

Ms Tylor, who was visiting Suva, heard about the march and decided to watch the ceremony.

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place at the end of every month.

The final changing of the guard ceremony of 2019 will be performed by the RFMF on December, 28.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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