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New Foreign Post For RFMF

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), could be playing a bigger strategic role in Fiji’s foreign affairs policy. The RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga announced yesterday that the RFMF
31 Jan 2015 11:46
New Foreign Post For RFMF
Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), soldiers during their parade at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday. Photo: Litia Cava

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), could be playing a bigger strategic role in Fiji’s foreign affairs policy.

The RFMF Commander Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga announced yesterday that the RFMF was offered a defence attaché post at one of Fiji’s foreign missions, possibly a first for Fiji.

Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said the offer by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in recognition of the RFMF’s contribution to nation-building.

He revealed this during the first military parade for this year at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua yesterday.

He did not reveal the name of the foreign mission but said a senior officer would be appointed soon for the post.

Updating the 800 soldiers on parade, Brigadier-General Tikoitoga said Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai had started as chief of staff of the United Nations Disengagement Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights.

He said this was in recognition of the RFMF’s contribution to peacekeeping under the United Nations.

On the restructure of the RFMF, he said this had already started.

First, he said they had reshuffled senior officers here and abroad.

He thanked the soldiers for the support they had given to the changes inleadership.

He reminded all soldiers to take care of their own fitness and be prepared for any peacekeeping missions anywhere in the world.

One of the most substantive appointments of the last few months was the new Land Force Commander, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho who had already started his new role.

As part of the restructure, the Navy and the RFMF will be allocated more personnel to meet operational needs.

The 3rd Battalion of the Fiji Infantry Regiment (3FIR) would be streamlined but they would still be the core unit in the RFMF, the Commander said.

The Commander thanked the soldiers for their contribution to the last general elections, which was fair and transparent.

He also thanked all the medal recipients for their dedication to their work.

“You deserved your medals.”

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