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Major Dreu Connects ADF with Local Communities

With deep family and personal connections across the country, Major Dreu, a Fijian expatriate and now a serving officer in the ADF. He is the liaison officer for the deployed Australian forces supporting reconstruction efforts in the country, following tropical cyclones events in Fiji.
16 Jan 2022 17:08
Major Dreu Connects ADF with Local Communities
From left: Major Mikaele Dreu and Major Eroni Duaibe.

Major Mikaele Dreu has become indispensable in assisting the Australian Defence Force (ADF) understand the needs of local communities.

With deep family and personal connections across the country, Major Dreu, a Fijian expatriate and now a serving officer in the ADF. He is the liaison officer for the deployed Australian forces supporting reconstruction efforts in the country, following tropical cyclones events in Fiji.

Hailing from Saukasa in Tailevu Province, with maternal links to Nakasaleka district in Kadavu Province, Major Dreu lives with his family at Brisbane in Australia.

After serving 16 years with the Fijian army, including three tours in the Middle East, Major Dreu made the decision to conduct a lateral transfer to the ADF, completing the transition in 2006.
Professional Connections

Currently posted to 1st Division/ Deployable Joint Force Headquarters in the Plans Branch, he is making good use of his close personal and professional connections.

Major Dreu provides a critical link between the ADF, the Australian High Commission and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

With the family and personal connections he has across the country, he has proved crucial in assisting the ADF understand the needs of local communities.

“My job is to speak with all of the stakeholders and support our ADF reconstruction teams,” he said.

“As a Fijian, I can relate to the community very easily.”
Mission in Fiji

The ADF mission in Fiji has been focused on the planning and reconstruction of education facilities across several schools, such as rebuilding classrooms at the Lekutu Secondary School on Vanua Levu.

As part of the scope of works, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ADF and Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) engineers meet the local community business leaders and officials, in addition to familiarising themselves with local building codes and requirements.

“The local communities have seen the work that the engineer teams, especially the project management team, have done already and they have become fully immersed in and adopted into the community,” Major Dreu said.

He added through the Vuvale spirit, there are close ties of RFMF and ADF.

“ADF in true Vuvale (Family) spirit partnering with the RFMF in projects, training and other expectations of capability enhancement,” he said.

“Through all these activities and the very close ties we (RFMF/ADF) have, to us (ADF) Fiji is also our home.”

Major Dreu said he had been humbled and honoured to be able to wear the Australian uniform and come back home to Fiji to assist the local community rebuild.

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