‘US Army en­hances RFMF’

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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.

Photo: United States Army

RFMF and US Army sol­diers per­form­ing an ex­er­cise at Napuka on Au­gust 7, 2019.

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