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EDITORIAL: RFMF Punches Above Its Weight Yet Again

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) leadership will soon be witnessed worldwide when Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai begins with his new role as chief of staff of the United
09 Jan 2015 12:40
EDITORIAL: RFMF Punches Above Its Weight Yet Again

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) leadership will soon be witnessed worldwide when Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai begins with his new role as chief of staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

This is surely something that all Fijians should be proud of.

He has also received a call from the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier-General Tony Hanlon, to come quickly as he will temporarily act as Force Commander.

Colonel Kalouniwai leaves today and arrives at the UNDOF Headquarters, which is now operating out of Camp Ziouani in Israel, on Janury 17.

With his leadership experience in the RFMF in commanding troops, the UNDOF appointment is a bit different, as he will be dealing with a multinational force and also a totally new environment.

While we see it as a challenge, for the Rewa native and chief it is a challenge he can meet.

He said – “I have worked under extreme enviroments at the RFMF for a very long time or 30 years in different logistic positions but this new assignment is within my comfort zone.”

The responsiblities at UNDOF are basically the same but the enviroment will be different together with the people he works with and those he will be responsible for.

Surely, this is a great achievement for the RFMF and Fiji which we all should be proud of.

Prior to his apppointment as Land Force Commander, he has served as Chief of Staff Land Force Command, Commanding Officer Third Battalion Fiji Infantry and Regiment. He has also served as Chief of Staff Land Force Command in 2011, Chief Staff Operation Officer Operations, Commanding Officer to the Second Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment under the multinational force and observers in Sinai and Egypt.

The RFMF has prepared not only Colonel Kalouniwai for international leadership but the other commanding officers too.

As the number three man at the UNDOF office, Colonel Kalouniwai will be in the RFMF uniform but with a blue beret to signify the United Nations employs him.

The Fiji flag is already flying high at UNDOF and with Colonel Kalouniwai’s arrival, the flag will fly even higher.

We wish Colonel Kalouniwai well for his new appointment and we hope he will be guided by what John Maxwell said – “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

 




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