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Black Rock Camp Farewells Loyal RFMF Soldiers in Style

More than 30 years of ser­vices for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces per­sonnel Sergeant Lepani Matevaka­loloma and Warrant Officer Class 1 Simione Rarasea came to an end on Thursday.
24 Feb 2018 15:20
Black Rock Camp Farewells Loyal RFMF Soldiers in Style
Republic of the Fiji Military Forces soldiers Class 1 Simione Rarasea and Sergeant Lepani Matevakaloloma being accorded the military farewell for retiring army personnel at Black Rock in Nadi on February 22, 2018. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

More than 30 years of ser­vices for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces per­sonnel Sergeant Lepani Matevaka­loloma and Warrant Officer Class 1 Simione Rarasea came to an end on Thursday.

The duo were accorded a typical military farewell which saw fellow soldiers pulling a military vehicle towards the main gate of the Black Rock, the army camp in Nadi, with the two officers riding at the back.

Originally from Lovoni, in Ono-i-Lau, Sergeant Matevakaloloma has served on peacekeeping duties in places such as Sinai, Lebanon, Iraq and East Timor for a total of 10 years.

“I have never regretted this de­cision to join the military in1982,” Sergeant Matevakaloloma said.

“This is something that has moulded and instilled the virtues of discipline in me and my family.”

Through the RFMF, Sergeant Mat­evakaloloma said he was able to achieve so much through the train­ing he had in New Zealand and Australia.

For six years he served as a body guard for the late presidents, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu and the late Vice-Presi­dent, Ratu Jope Seniloli.

“One of the biggest lessons I learnt was discipline,’’ Sergeant Matevakaloloma said.

“And, being brought up in my vil­lage where my father was the sole bread winner in a big family is quite hard.

“I knew I had to step in and help my family.”

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He advised young military person­nel that RFMF was about disci­pline and following commands.

They would only survive in the RFMF institution through those values, Sergeant Matevakaloloma said.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Rara­sea said he was honoured to have served the RFMF for 37 year where he was given the opportunity to at­tain skills in New Zealand and Aus­tralia through military courses.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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