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Golan Men Receive Medals

The Military Service Medals have been presented to members of the First Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (1FIR), who had just returned from the Golan Heights after serving under the United
28 Aug 2014 03:42
Golan Men Receive Medals
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The Military Service Medals have been presented to members of the First Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment (1FIR), who had just returned from the Golan Heights after serving under the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

They received their medals at the Queens Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday.

Captain Dr Mark Rokobuli said it was a good experience for them.

“It was a challenge for us but it was also an opportunity for us because we were able to set up an intensive care unit, the area for sterilisation and also accommodation for the new medical staff,” Capt Dr Rokobuli said.

“When we went there we had to start from scratch; we had to upgrade everything. We sacrificed a lot for this mission but I am happy that I am back with my family. One thing we saw was the protection of God when we were there.

Private Aminiasi Tukana said God was with them at the Golan Heights.

“The first time we arrived everything was not in its proper place. The UN base was empty so we tried to fill in. One big challenge was trying to get to know the place. When we arrived the Philippines were there and they helped us to get familiar with the place,” Pvt Tukana said.

“We tried to get to know the people and that time there were fights among the rebels and the Syrian military. Missiles were sometimes fired close to where we were but that did not discourage us,” he said.

More than 500 soldiers who were part of the first batch to the Golan Heights.

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj




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