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Families Welcome Our Soldiers

A chalk of 50 soldiers from the Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) returned home yesterday after spending a year in Sinai. Returning from their tour of duty, Chalk 1 of
11 May 2015 11:16
Families Welcome Our Soldiers

A chalk of 50 soldiers from the Republic Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) returned home yesterday after spending a year in Sinai.

Returning from their tour of duty, Chalk 1 of Lift 3 happily returned home to their mothers, wives, families and relatives.

The return coincided with Mother’s Day celebration yesterday.

They were greeted by RFMF Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, in a parade at the military camp at Namaka, Nadi, shortly after touchdown at the Nadi International Airport.

Colonel Qiliho congratulated the soldiers for their hard work.

Sergeant Anasa Vuatalevu, one of the soldiers said, “This one year away from my wife and children has been tough, so I am happy to be back”.

“My family came all the way from Suva, so I will spend some time with them before I continue with my work in the military.

“It is a good thing to come into the military because it teaches you discipline and it changes the character in your life,” he said.

His wife Nanise Vuatalevu and their four children travelled from Makoi, Nasinu, to welcome the head of their family.

“This is his fourth trip, so the children are able to manage although it was tough at times. It is part of his job.

“Now my children will have both their parents, so we will spend some time together before he goes to another tour.

“He is the only bread earner in our family, so I never stop him from doing his duties no matter where it takes him,” she said.

Corporal Aviuta Raba, another soldier, said, “Life in Sinai was not that bad, but I missed my family”.

His wife, Vaciseva Raba and their three children also travelled from Suva to the Nadi International Airport.

“We have decided to spend some days in Nadi with my husband. He is back after a year and it is a special Sunday.

“I have received a very special present on this day as my husband is back home after missing his presence around the children,” she said.

Leader of Lift 3 Chalk 1 Lieutenant-Commander Neumi Radobiu, of Tailevu, was glad to see his soldiers safely reaching their home after the tour of duty.

“It was not really tough out there because we were trained to be tough. Most of the guys are looking forward to going home,” he said.

Private Ashneel Kumar of Suva was the lone Indo-Fijian in Chalk 1. It was his first tour.

“Life there (Sinai) was hard because it has been a year away from home. The risk was high too compared to other missions,” Private Kumar said.

“I am glad to be home, especially on Mother’s Day.”

A mother, Sera Tuvou Calata, was emotionally excited to have his son home on Mother’s Day yesterday.

“Sometimes I felt lonely because he is close to me. I thank the Lord for this special day when I have my 23-year-old son Peni Saumi back with us,” Mrs Calata said.

 

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