‘US Army enhances RFMF’
The presence of the US Army in Fiji has provided a chance for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) to enhance their skills, says Colonel Litia Seruiratu. She said the RFMF was thankful to the United States government.
“I was just talking to one of my colleagues and we were looking at the training that our new recruits have had,” she said.
“There have been a lot of people leaving the military. So US Army Pacific (USARPAC) coming in here and enhancing the skills of our soldiers, as well as the civic outreach that the USARPAC has done – reaching out
to the schools and communities – is well received and we’re grateful for it.
“As these Pacific Pathways exercises become formalised, we’ll be able to do a lot more things and cover a lot more issues and I feel it’s going to get big and will not only involve Fiji, but a lot of our neighbouring countries in the Pacific and will come with increased security and co-operation from within and that’s really important for us.”
Colonel Seruiratu said the US presence brought a sense of relief within the local community.
The exercises end on August 12.
RFMF and US Army soldiers performing an exercise at Napuka on August 7, 2019.