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WO1 Watesoko Thankful For Military Life

Warrant Officer Class 1 Sireli Watesoko had nothing but kind words for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) when he retired from the forces yesterday. The Tauvu Association of
31 Oct 2014 10:46
WO1 Watesoko Thankful For Military Life
Warrant Officer Class 1 Sireli Watesoko is being pulled out as per traditional for his farewell at the Naval Base in Walu Bay yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Warrant Officer Class 1 Sireli Watesoko had nothing but kind words for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) when he retired from the forces yesterday.

The Tauvu Association of the RFMF farewelled WO1 Watesoko in a traditional naval farewell ceremony at the army’s naval base in Walu Bay, Suva yesterday.

The association comprises officers originally from provinces in the Western Division and Kadavu province.

In the ceremony WO1 Watesoko was thrown overboard while other officers laughed and cheered.

The 55- year old Kadavu native, from Namalata Village, was later handed a farewell shirt after being pulled out of the water to change into, followed by an iTaukei traditional farewell ceremony.

WO1 Watesoko said his 27 years of service in the military has taught him many things he was truly thankful for.

“I’m thankful that I was one of the lucky men and women who had been chosen and accepted into the army family. I’m thankful that I was given the chance to go on overseas missions serving in Lebanon, Iraq and Sinai,” WO1 Watesoko said.

He said he was thankful that through the military he had learned how to drive and use modern technologies such as computers.

“I thank the military for supporting me and my family all these years. I also want to thank all my fellow officers for all the good times that we laughed together especially my tauvus,” WO1 Watesoko said yesterday.

His wife Sainimili Watesoko also thanked the military for shaping his husband into the good man that he was.

“The military has taught my husband a disciplined life, an aspect of life that is very important and has always stayed with him,” Ms Watesoko said.

She also thanked the military for supporting their family especially at times when he was serving overseas.

The Commander of the RFMF, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, who was also present, thanked WO1 Watesoko for his service to the military.

“When a soldier retires and leaves the army he will retain his military discipline,” Brigadier- General Tikoitoga said.

He also thanked WO1 Watesoko’s family for the support they had given their father throughout his career.

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