Pacific partners in the Sinai

Australian Army soldier Sergeant Jared Convery and Republic of Fiji Military Forces soldier Private Waisale Naka at South Camp in the Sinai, Egypt. Photo: Sergeant Kirk Peacock

Pacific partners in the Sinai

Sergeant Jared Convery, of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, deployed to Operation Mazurka in August as a security sergeant at South Camp in the Sinai, Egypt.

He is responsible for advising and assisting the Fijian Battalion that protects the Multinational Force and Observers at South Camp.

“The Fijians are a professional army and it’s excellent to work alongside them,” Sergeant Convery said.

“They have a demanding job manning the entry control point and the guard towers around the camp. I’m the familiar face that provides security and force protection advice.”   

Sergeant Convery brings to the Fijians his 13 years of infantry experience and is with them day and night as he tours the perimeter visiting their positions.

He also assists with identifying and developing training opportunities for the Fijians.

“We are trying to bolster their professional development and leadership at the junior non-commissioned officer level,” Sergeant Convery said.

“Myself and the other security sergeants recently delivered an urban package that focused on the basics. This included room entry assessment and room combat at fire team and section level.”

Fijian Platoon Commander Lieutenant Esala Suliano said the security sergeants helped out a lot.

“Their role is to observe, see everything is going smoothly and help out if required,” Lieutenant Suliano said.

“Often we involve the security sergeants with our training. Most of our troops are reservists so when they are here they really learn a lot of skills.”

About 170 soldiers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces are deployed to the Sinai Peninsula as peacekeepers to support the Multinational Force and Observers.

These soldiers provide security at South Camp and to the Civilian Observer Unit when conducting missions throughout the Sinai.

Fiji has provided a contingent to the Multinational Force and Observers since the mission began in 1982.

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