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Nevada National Guard, Fiji, Sign Peacekeeping, Maritime Security MOU

The new partnership was an­nounced by United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Schriver.
06 Mar 2019 12:13
Nevada National Guard, Fiji, Sign Peacekeeping, Maritime Security MOU
Brigadier General William R Burks, Adjutant General for the State of Nevada (left) with Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Commander Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

The Nevada National Guard and the Republic of Fiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] last Thursday with the aim of strength­ening the capacity for peacekeep­ing and maritime security in the Pacific region.

The new partnership was an­nounced by United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Schriver.

According to a press statement by the US Embassy in Fiji, it highlight­ed that Fiji is the 76th country to join the State Partnership programme hence reflecting on the US military commitment to the Oceania region.

Adjutant General for the State of Nevada, Brigadier General William Burks says the Nevada Guard will work closely to support the Republic of Fiji’s military forces and their Ministry of Defense to further the interests throughout the indo-Pa­cific region.

“The Nevada Guard will maintain a stable, endur­ing relationship with both Fiji and Tonga, based upon the continuity of Nevada Guard members who remain in their respective states/units for their en­tire careers,” Brigadier General Burks said.

Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy, Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake said they would be work­ing with the Fiji Military Forces to see that the MOU is observed.

A small assessment team consisting of Nevada Guardsmen, Indo- Pacific Command service mem­bers and embassy personnel will be in the country to assess existing peacekeeping and maritime se­curity.

The RFMF confirms that Lieutenant Colonel Alipate Vosaicake and Warrant Officer Class One Samisoni Ratoa will be present to witness a skill at arms competition hosted by the Nevada National Guard at the Headquarters in the US.

About Nevada National Guard

The Nevada Army National Guard plays a critical role throughout Nevada in times of disasters and lo­cal community needs. We were there for our citizens in the aftermath of the PEPCON explosion, handled sandbags in the flooded streets of Northern Nevada, and provided untiring support to fire fighting oper­ations throughout rural Nevada. Furthermore, our units are highly trained and stand ready to respond in times of national crisis or threats of foreign ag­gression. Nevada units have served with distinc­tion in the Gulf War and as part of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. Members train one weekend a month and 15 days active duty each year to insure a high level of military readiness. As an added ben­efit, our units routinely travel overseas each year for their 15 days active duty. The likes of Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Panama, and the Philippines have provided some of the train­ing opportunities for Nevada units.

The Nevada National Guard and the Republic of Fiji signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] last Thursday with the aim of strength­ening the capacity for peacekeep­ing and maritime security in the Pacific region.

The new partnership was an­nounced by United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Schriver.

According to a press statement by the US Embassy in Fiji, it highlight­ed that Fiji is the 76th country to join the State Partnership programme hence reflecting on the US military commitment to the Oceania region.

Adjutant General for the State of Nevada, Brigadier General William Burks says the Nevada Guard will work closely to support the Republic of Fiji’s military forces and their Ministry of Defense to further the interests throughout the indo-Pa­cific region.

“The Nevada Guard will maintain a stable, endur­ing relationship with both Fiji and Tonga, based upon the continuity of Nevada Guard members who remain in their respective states/units for their en­tire careers,” Brigadier General Burks said.

Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy, Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake said they would be work­ing with the Fiji Military Forces to see that the MOU is observed.

A small assessment team consisting of Nevada Guardsmen, Indo- Pacific Command service mem­bers and embassy personnel will be in the country to assess existing peacekeeping and maritime se­curity.

The RFMF confirms that Lieutenant Colonel Alipate Vosaicake and Warrant Officer Class One Samisoni Ratoa will be present to witness a skill at arms competition hosted by the Nevada National Guard at the Headquarters in the US.

About Nevada National Guard

The Nevada Army National Guard plays a critical role throughout Nevada in times of disasters and lo­cal community needs. We were there for our citizens in the aftermath of the PEPCON explosion, handled sandbags in the flooded streets of Northern Nevada, and provided untiring support to fire fighting oper­ations throughout rural Nevada. Furthermore, our units are highly trained and stand ready to respond in times of national crisis or threats of foreign ag­gression. Nevada units have served with distinc­tion in the Gulf War and as part of peacekeeping operations in Bosnia. Members train one weekend a month and 15 days active duty each year to insure a high level of military readiness. As an added ben­efit, our units routinely travel overseas each year for their 15 days active duty. The likes of Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Panama, and the Philippines have provided some of the train­ing opportunities for Nevada units.

 



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