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EDITORIAL: RFMF Integral Part Of National Development

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is continuing to evolve as it responds to the changing military landscape. The setting up of a new unit, called the Deployable Unit, is
08 Aug 2015 15:56
EDITORIAL: RFMF Integral Part Of National Development

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is continuing to evolve as it responds to the changing military landscape.

The setting up of a new unit, called the Deployable Unit, is the latest in the changes being implemented to look after the growing profile of our peacekeeping missions overseas.

Fijian contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping operations and the American-sponsored Multinational  Force and Observers in Sinai has been widely recognised and praised.

In the just completed tour of the Fijian peacekeeping missions by Minister for Defence Timoci Natuva, he discovered the high regard by the force commanders of our troops. Mr Natuva learned that the commanders were impressed with the discipline of the Fijians in all spheres of military operations and activities. They were outstanding in uniform and appearance and even at meal times. That discipline was instilled in them during their preparatory training in Fiji. It’s those high standards that have earned our troops respect and recognition internationally.

The new unit will be responsible for co-ordinating peacekeeping operations and will be headed by Commander Humphrey Tawake.

The expansion shows the RFMF’s growing reputation not only in the development of our nation as a young democracy embarking on a new road in a completely new political landscape but also in our commitment to world peace.

After the restoration of democracy the RFMF has returned to its core role of taking care of the  security, defence and well-being of all citizens.

The sending of senior officers for advanced leadership training will benefit the RFMF in the long- term. Land Force Commander Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho is leaving next month to attend the prestigious Australian Staff College. Others will follow him.

RFMF’s acting Commander, Commodore Viliame Naupoto has made it clear that training of senior officers  was part of their vision.

Overall, there is an air of excitement among the troops about the changes. The RFMF is stable because it has depth among the senior officers who are ready to slot in when vacancies arise.

In terms of national development, the military footprints are everywhere, in schools, roads, bridges, community centres, health centres, hospitals. The list goes on. In many cases what they accomplish is incredible and they deserve applause. They have become and continue to be important development partners in our push to spread the nation’s wealth to the needy and the vulnerable.

The opening up of previously unchartered areas through infrastructure development has stimulated economic development and raised people’s hopes and aspirations.

An increasing number of schools have taken up cadet training because it teaches discipline and prepares students to meet challenges in life. It compliments the lessons they learn in the classroom and homes. Many graduates have gone on to make their mark in leadership.

Commodore Naupoto takes over at the helm at an exciting time although there are detractors who pour scorn over the progress we have made and wish for instability to satisfy their narrow and selfish political motives.

Both the former Commander, Mosese Tikoitoga, and Commodore Naupoto have assured us that  everything is fine.

We can trust them.

 

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