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Naivalu’s Last Tour of Duty

He joined RFMF in 1986; has amassed eight tours including stints in overseas Iraq and Lebanon. Corporal Amasai Cou Naivalu of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces left our shores
18 Oct 2016 11:00
Naivalu’s Last Tour of Duty
Corporal Amasai Cou Naivalu with nephew Savenaca Bolaitamana at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: SAVENACA BOLAITAMANA

He joined RFMF in 1986; has amassed eight tours including stints in overseas Iraq and Lebanon.

Corporal Amasai Cou Naivalu of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces left our shores for his final tour of duty before he retires.

The 54-year-old father of six, who hails from Vuniniudrovu Village, Naitasiri, boarded the United Nations flight on Sunday at the Nadi International Airport.

He was part of the 146 United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeepers who left for Lebanon.

UNIFIL was created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese government in restoring its effective authority in the area.

Mere Cou Naivalu, 46, said she was proud to see her husband making his final trip to the Middle East and return next year as a retiree.

“He has served in the Engineers Corps with 30 years of dedicated service. All of us at home are proud of him as this marks his final lift in his line of work,” she said.

“We shall await his return next year after he serves his term. His last words were to keep the family intact with prayers as a means of bond. As a wife I am obliged to support him in his career.”

Corporal Naivalu joined the RFMF in 1986 and since then has amassed a total of eight overseas tours of duty including stints in Iraq and Lebanon.

“He has been part of many tours of duty and I always made sure to be present by his side when he returned,” she said.

Meanwhile, 126 of our peacekeepers returned home on Saturday on the same UN flight. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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