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First RFMF Officer To Instruct At Australian Command And Staff College

This morning, six Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel departed the Nadi International Airport for Australia to begin their studies at respective Australian Defence College (ADC) institutions. Included in
12 Jan 2021 10:49
First RFMF Officer To Instruct At Australian Command And Staff College

This morning, six Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel departed the Nadi International Airport for Australia to begin their studies at respective Australian Defence College (ADC) institutions.

Included in the group is Lieutenant Colonel, Avinesh Kumar, who will be an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) which is part of ADC in Canberra. This is the first time for an RFMF Officer to hold an instructing position at the ACSC.

Also part of the group are two female RFMF Officer Cadets, Vive Kurilagi and Iliana Sigadrodro, who are both enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts Degree program at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Officer Cadet Sigadrodro will be studying International and Political Studies/Business and Officer Cadet Kurilagi will be studying English Media Studies and International Political Studies.

 six Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel departed the Nadi International Airport for Australia to begin their studies at respective Australian Defence College (ADC) institutions. Photo: Australian High Commission Suva

Six Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel departed the Nadi International Airport for Australia to begin their studies at respective Australian Defence College (ADC) institutions. Photo: Australian High Commission Suva

Fiji Navy Captain, Lepani Vaniqi, is also part of the group and will be furthering his studies through a Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) which is also part of ADC.

The other two personnel are Lieutenant Commander Napolioni Waqatairewa, enrolled in the Master of Capability Management Studies at the ACSC – the first RFMF officer to participate in this course – and Major Tevita Biudole, also enrolled at the ACSC.

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Despite the challenges of COVID-19, key training and studying activities between the Australian Defence Force and RFMF continue.

Australian Defence Advisor to Fiji, Colonel Rob Haertsch, says “it’s great to see our forces overcome the COVID-19 challenges to continue to work, train and study together.

“Its been fantastic to see the ongoing exchanges between our forces despite COVID-19. I wish the RFMF personnel all the best with their programs in Australia. I am also particularly pleased to see families also being able to travel with them in these important longer term study programs.”

Col. Haertsch said these opportunities not only enhance the careers of the RFMF personnel but also build life-long friendships between the Australian and Fijian military.

In addition to the six that left this morning, a further six RFMF personnel will be departing Nadi tomorrow to further their studies in similar courses. All RFMF personnel and their families will be conducting a two-week mandatory COVID-19 quarantine upon arrival in Australia.

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