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Fiji's Armed Forces is co-hosting with United States of America Indo Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) a planning workshop of Multination Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) from the 14th to 21st of March 2019 in Nadi.
It was officially opened last Friday by the Chief of Staff RFMF Captain (Navy) John Fox and Brigadier General Williams Edwards, U.S. Indo- Pacific Command, Deputy J3 MA, United State of America.
Capt. (Navy) Fox in his opening address said that the Fiji Military Forces(RFMF) acknowledged the effort by the MPAT office to enable all participants to be present during the meeting. “The focus of the event is to moves us timely as the RFMF relooks at the United Nations operation deployment which stresses over 40 years and ways of improving UN peacekeeping services,” he said.
“The RFMF is grateful to host such workshop as this planning will translate quickly to reality in this part of the world, especially when one is planning for HADR during hurricane season in Fiji. Failing to plan is a plan to fail and this saying is true in every organization as they have certain objectives and targets to archive. Planning helps the organization to map out ways to achieve goals and failing to plan will impact negatively,” Capt. (Navy) Fox Said.
“I encourage all participants to use this workshop to discuss, experience and to exchange concepts as much as possible. Be mindful the MPAT programs are initially created to help different organization to work together in HADR and peace operation”, he added.
Brigadier General Edwards conveyed his best wishes to the Republic of Fiji Military Forces for hosting and co-sponsoring the Tempest 34 staff planning workshop. “This is the first Tempest Express workshop to be held in Fiji and it brings together the Military, other security forces and civilian organization to work together to improve the understanding of various organization cultures, as well as to improve our response to crisis’s, rapidly and effectively,” he stated.
Brig Gen Edwards continued by highlighting the importance of cooperation within the government and response from both civilian agencies and military in understanding each other’s capabilities and establishing clear roles and responsibilities to develop procedural process for cooperation in order to ensure unified effort to resolve issues at hand.
“The RFMF and United States Indo-Pacific Command have planned this event together because relationships matter and we have collective interest in the Indo pacific region with friendship between United State and the South Pacific. They say if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, we must go together and this Tempest Express workshop is the foundation by which this important relationship will be shaped and secured.
The workshop’s objective is to build a cadre of multinational planners that could be utilized to conduct planning for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) Multination Force operation (MNF). It focuses on Peace Support Operations which stresses several new ways of the MNF Standing Order Procedure (SOP) such as Protection of Civilians, Gender in operation and Military Decision Making Process in Multinational environment.
The workshop is attended by 31 countries and will be closed by the Commander RFMF Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto on Thursday.
SOURCE: FIJI MITARY FORCE/PACNEWS
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