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41 Soldiers Off To Sinai

A chalk of 41 soldiers left for Sinai early yesterday morning from the Nadi International Airport. The team from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, who will serve under the
24 Apr 2015 20:49
41 Soldiers Off To Sinai

A chalk of 41 soldiers left for Sinai early yesterday morning from the Nadi International Airport.

The team from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, who will serve under the Multinational Force and Observer Mission (MFO), were farewelled by family members, friends and fellow soldiers.

Captain Mesake Nadavonitoko, who has been with the RFMF since 2006, led the group.

“This is what we call Chalk Two. This is a one-year deployment and it will be very challenging for us, especially with the current situation that we are facing in the area of operation,” he said.

“For our families back home do not be disheartened. This is just a 12-month term in Sinai.

“For most of us it is the first time to Sinai and it will be a very challenging deployment.

“I am originally from Qalikarua, Matuku, in the Lau Group and currently live in the Queen Elizabeth Barracks,” he said.

Warrant Officer Jale Baravilala, originally from Lomanikoro, Nakasaleka, in Kadavu, said he was ready to tackle on his duties in Sinai.

“I will miss my kids and my wife along with my grandparents, whom I normally spend time with,” he said.

“I am going away for one year, but I am used to it and so is my family. This is my 10th tour of duty and I enjoy serving my country.

“I am been in the Fijian military for 30 years and I look forward to other tours in the future,” said the Tamavua resident.

Warrant Officer Ananaia Sabai, of Wailotua, Wainibuka, Tailevu, said he would miss his family, but was looking forward to his fourth tour in Sinai.

“After 15 years, I am lucky to be chosen for another tour of duty there. I have been in the Fiji military for 27 years,” he said.

Draft Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Silivenusi Namata was all geared up his trip to Sinai.

“I will definitely miss my youngest daughter, Rebeka Namata, who attends Vatuwaqa Primary School,” he said.

“This is my eighth tour of duty from the 32 years I have served the Fijian military and I look forward to this responsibility.”

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