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Mum Ready To Serve Country And Family With Stint At Golan Heights

Private Wame Gavidi, a constable with the Fiji Police Force, said he hoped to serve his country well during his first tour to the Middle East.
13 Apr 2022 13:54
Mum Ready To Serve Country And Family With Stint At Golan Heights
Lance Corporal Avisake Salauca(second from left) with family members at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Avisake Salauca is duty bound to make necessary sacrifices as she leaves her family and five children behind. She leaves for a one-year peacekeeping mission thousands of miles away from home.

The 31-year-old Lance Corporal originally from Levuka, Ovalau was one of the 70 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) personnel who departed the country yesterday for a tour of duty to the Golan Heights.

Her children were among the families and friends who were at the Nadi International Airport to farewell the RFMF contingent.

Having served 13 years in the RFMF, Lance Corporal Salauca said she was ready to serve in what she had given an oath to do.

“Even though I will leave my family and my five children behind, I am grateful for this opportunity to be part of this tour,” she said. “I am ready to serve the nation and do my family proud.”

Private Wame Gavidi, a constable with the Fiji Police Force, said he hoped to serve his country well during his first tour to the Middle East.

“This is my first peacekeeping tour of duty and I thank God for this opportunity to represent my country and serve in the armed forces to promote peace,” the father of two children said.

“I know that this will be a good learning experience for me.”

They were briefed at the Blackrock Camp before departure.

The departing soldiers were Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Monty Naulumatua, their Regimental Sergeant Major was Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Jovilisi Naiduki and the battalion Chaplain was Captain Reverend Waisake Buisika.

The RFMF soldiers had completed a six-week pre-deployment training conducted by the RFMF Directorate Peace Support Operations within the Lololo Training area outside Lautoka.

Meanwhile the returning troops from Golan Heights are expected to arrive on Friday.  Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: mereleki.nai@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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