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EDITORIAL: Suliano, A True Soldier For Fiji

A towering soldier has passed away and Fiji has lost a worthy son. For the premature death of Lieutenant-Colonel Amani Suliano is not only a great loss to the Republic
13 May 2015 10:29
EDITORIAL: Suliano, A True Soldier For Fiji

A towering soldier has passed away and Fiji has lost a worthy son.

For the premature death of Lieutenant-Colonel Amani Suliano is not only a great loss to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces but to the nation as well.

He loved his wife, he loved his children, he loved his work, and he loved his troops.

Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano was a soldier’s leader and a great friend.

Off duty, he had a great sense of humour and had great bonds with his mates.

The fallen soldier will be remembered as a man of respect and one who was respected. Not because he commanded it but because he earned it and deserved it.

He was a man who saw every day as a day for living, for striving, for achieving.

His life may have started from humble beginnings, as a young man growing up in Nayavu village in Wainibuka. But over time, he certainly achieved greatness.

Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano undoubtedly typified the old adage: “To achieve greatness, one must serve”.

The decorated soldier was born in 1964.

At the time of his death, he was attending China’s War College in Beijing, China.

He died at a time when the RFMF was carrying out reform for the betterment of soldiers and the institution.

As a very senior officer, they needed his advice.

From our talks in Beijing last October, he said he would return to Fiji in June and would lead a group to the Middle East. This was to never happen.

Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano will be farewelled at the Nayavu village church, this Saturday.

If there is but one legacy that we can emulate from the life of Lt Col Suliano, it was his devotion to work

When the Last Post is played at his military funeral at Nayavu village to indicate that Lieutenant-Colonel Suliano has gone to his final resting place and leaving his community, the RFMF and the country all the poorer for his passing.

But all should be blessed for knowing a man who never shied away from a challenge.

To his loving wife and the five children, we are with you and will pray that his soul will rest in peace.

 

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