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Rogoilagi Glad Home From Tour of Duty. Finally

Sergeant Kosoituku Rogoilagi of the Republic of Fiji Mili­tary Force is looking forward to spend a grand New Year with his family. He was among the 25 troops, who arrived
30 Dec 2017 11:00
Rogoilagi Glad Home From Tour of Duty. Finally
Sergeant Kosoituku Rogoilagi of the RFMF with his family at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Sergeant Kosoituku Rogoilagi of the Republic of Fiji Mili­tary Force is looking forward to spend a grand New Year with his family.

He was among the 25 troops, who arrived onto our shores yesterday, from Iraq after serving their 12 months tour of duty.

Those returning are part of the regular rotation of Fijians serv­ing as the United Nations GuardForce

Sgt Rogoilagi, 47, a native of Cuvu, Nadroga is an exception be­cause he had spent a total of one year, five months and three weeks during his tour of duty.

This is because he came into the country in February for the fu­neral of his 13-year-old daughter who died after being involved in a car accident at Cunningham inSuva.

“It’s great to be back after so many months.

“I did miss two Christmas Day cel­ebrations at home, but I certainly look forward to spend quality time with my family,” he said.

“It won’t be the same because I will miss my daughter. But, at the end of the day I am content to thank God for his protection to­day.”

He had already been on five tours of duty with his first to Iraq in 2004.

His wife Elenoa Rogoilagi was overwhelmed to see her husband looking well and in a fit condition.

“The kids will be in for a big sur­prise because they are not aware of his arrival today. We are thank­ful to God keeping him safe,” Mrs Rogoilagi said.

Private Asaeli Niudamu, 27, of Nacamaki, Koro, Lomaviti, said, “I wanted to serve my country just like my dad (also in the RFMF) does even today.”

Since childhood he remembers stories his father would share with the family after a return from a peacekeeping mission.

“That motivated me to follow his footsteps and get firsthand experi­ence on all his stories, which I can vividly remember. I heard a lot and finally saw it with my eyes. Things have changed over the years,” he said.

Private Milika Radininuku, 23, of Serua said it was an eye opener for her personally because she learned a lot of things in Iraq.

Private Laisayani Serau, 21 of Nadroga said she did not regret joining the RFMF and to be part of this mission. “I’m looking forward to another one in the near future,” Private Serau said.

More will depart on January 1 for Iraq with the returning group to return on January 3.

Edited by Percy Kean

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