Opinion

RFMF Capitalises On Its Human Resources

The changes in top officer posts announced yesterday by the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) signals new efforts by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to
24 Mar 2017 10:40
RFMF Capitalises On Its Human Resources
From left: Chief of Staff Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai, Director Force Development and the Commandant of the Officer Training School Colonel Litea Seruiratu , Top right: Chief of Navy Captain (Navy) Humphrey Biutilomaloma Tawake, Director Peace Support Operations Officer(DPSO) and Military Adviser (MA) Lieutenant-Colonel Pacolo Luveni.

The changes in top officer posts announced yesterday by the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) signals new efforts by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to capitalise on its human resources.

The RFMF is tasked by the 2013 Fijian Constitution to “ensure at all times the security, defence and well-being of Fiji and all Fijians.”

With the skills and knowledge acquired over the years through education and overseas experience, the new appointees are well equipped and qualified to take on their roles.

Colonel Ratu Jone Kalouniwai has been posted to headquarters RFMF and appointed Chief-of-Staff. He has just returned after completing his three-year term as the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

The former Chief-of-Staff, Colonel Litea Seruiratu is now the Director Force Development and the Commandant of the Officer Training School.

Colonel Onisivoro Niumataiwalu Covunisaqa now holds the post of Commander Land Force Command (LFC) while Lieutenant-Colonel Jofiliti Talemaibau takes on the Chief-of-Staff of Land Force Command (LFC).

Captain (Navy) Humphrey Biutilomaloma Tawake (DPSO) has been appointed Chief-of-Navy (CoN).

Lieutenant Colonel Pacolo Luveni is the new Director Peace Support Operations Officer (DPSO) and Military Adviser (MA).

The new appointees took on their new role last Friday. And in usual RFMF style, these key appointments were kept low key.

But the move is set to bring a shift in mindset and attitudes for the institution as the new appointees bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience after stints with the various United Nations peacekeeping agencies. New challenges faced by military institutions around the world means the RFMF has to adapt to new organisational, technological, social and legal approaches.

If the RFMF is to remain relevant in Fiji and the rest of the world, change is inevitable.The leadership has seen that need and made necessary changes. We wish the new appointees the best during their term.

 

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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