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Be Prepared, Our Soldiers Reminded

A contingent of Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) soldiers were reminded about their oath of service as they left yesterday bound for peacekeeping duties with the Multinational Force and
15 May 2015 08:17
Be Prepared, Our Soldiers Reminded
RFMF officers at the Delta Coy base in Namaka, Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

A contingent of Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) soldiers were reminded about their oath of service as they left yesterday bound for peacekeeping duties with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai desert.

The plea came from RFMF Land Force commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho while addressing the 50 soldiers at the Delta Coy army camp in Nadi.

He reminded the soldiers of the current dangers associated with serving in the Sinai theatre of operations, saying it was more chaotic than before.

“For us who used to regularly go to Lebanon, know that it’s very unsettled and Sinai is more relaxed, but now it’s similar to Golan Heights,” warned Colonel Qiliho.

He reminded the troops of the danger posed by ISIS, the Islamic extremist terrorist organisation controlling territory in Iraq and Syria, saying only a few weeks ago missiles fired by radical elements landed only metres away from a Fiji Battalion position.

“We can just imagine the impact of that, when one missile is fired, don’t be mistaken that you are just going there for money only, you are all going to do a service –  taking part in the peacekeeping brand that it distinguishes us from the world,” Colonel Qiliho said.

“Sinai is the most volatile area of operations we are serving in at the moment … about the war going on between Egypt and the mercenaries who are staying in the Hamas and who have crossed Gaza. It has been confirmed that the ISIS and Al-Qaeda are there as well,” he said.

Colonel Qiliho reminded the officers to join hands in service, listen to their superiors and carry out their obligations towards the RFMF.

“Also watch your health because that’s a sign of your individual discipline, when you come back, fit and proportional and your families want you to come back fit and well, not in a coffin because you did not take it upon yourself to guard your health and your life – that is unless you lost your life in combat,” he said.

“We have faith that you will fulfill your duties for that one year. It’s not an easy task because you will miss out on being with your families, but you all should be ready, compared to other workforce that why we are soldiers.”

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