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Troops Arrive From Iraq

Twenty-four soldiers have arrived in the country after their tour of duty in Iraq. The soldiers arrived at the Nadi International Airport yesterday after a year in Iraq and said
23 Apr 2015 08:49
Troops Arrive From Iraq
From left: Adi Caba Patrick, Seru Jnr Ravula (Tui Naviti), Maria Diravo Patrick and Leno Patrick at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Sheetal Prasad

Twenty-four soldiers have arrived in the country after their tour of duty in Iraq.

The soldiers arrived at the Nadi International Airport yesterday after a year in Iraq and said they were looking forward to spending some time with their families.

After his first overseas tour of duty, Private Leno Patrick was thrilled to be back home.

“I am very happy and very glad to see my family. I spent one year and six months in Iraq and to be back makes me really happy to finally meet my two kids and my wife here in Fiji,” he said.

“I look forward to going home and relaxing with my family for two weeks before I start camp again.

“I will now concentrate on my family and my duty in Fiji because my time in Iraq was good.

“I missed the Fijian food while I was away for duty and the lifestyle is different there so it was hard.

“It was very challenging for me as it was my first duty and I am so glad to be back into Fiji now,” Mr Patrick said.

His wife, Adi Caba Patrick, was glad to reunite with her husband after more than a year.

“I really missed him so much because it was hard taking care of two children, who are still very small and always looking for their father. The children really missed him a lot and now they are looking forward to spending time with him.

“I really hope that he remains in Fiji and not attend to another tour of duty for a while now,” Ms Patrick.

Warren Officer Parayame Ravu spent one year six months in Iraq was proud to land on Fijian soil.

“My wife and four kids are in Suva waiting for me and looking forward to seeing me,” he said.

“I really missed my family there as it was tough being there for so long although this was my second time in Iraq.

“This was the last time in Iraq for me so next time I might go to Syria or some other place on duty.

“I now look forward to time spent with my family and the home-cooked Fijian dishes that await me,” he said.

The next batch of 40 soldiers is expected to arrive from Iraq on the 24th of this month while another batch of 40 will depart for Sinai today (Thursday).

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