The Multination Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT), Tempest Express 34 workshop was official closed by the Commander of Republic of Fiji Military Force (CRFMF), Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto in Nadi.

CRFMF, Rear Admiral Naupoto in his closing address expressed his appreciation the opportunity to co-host the MPAT Tempest Express 34. “Fiji has been honored to co-host this exercise especially for the RFMF to be involved with the Multinational force event,” he said.

He added that he was very impressed with the professionalism and the depth of information that has been gained by workshop participants through the group presentation.

CRFMF stressed two main points to the participants, “We all have personal basket in life and it’s filled through the training and collaboration like this. I’m sure with the basket that you have, you’ll be able to fill it by now, because you get exposed to everybody’s basket in these kind of workshop”. CRFMF said.

“The second point is the wise man’s saying, ‘true richness is not what we put in our pockets but true richness is what we keep in our hearts.’

In the last few days you had that wonderful opportunities to fill your hearts by meeting new people from different countries and what we keep in our hearts is never affected by what we face in life, because the things we gain in our hearts remain the same and help us overcome challenges in life and I hope in the last few days we not only feel out personal baskets but we also filled our hearts which we become professionally and personally successful in any situation we encounter,” Rear Admiral Naupoto added.

The MPAT was established in November 2000 to improve the ability of Militaries in the Asia-Pacific region to respond quickly to crises.

The aim of the workshop was to help member country militaries to work together to improve the understanding of various organizations and cultures as well to progress their ability to respond to disasters rapidly and effectively.

Over the past week multinational participants representing twenty-four from thirty one countries around the globe that formed MPAT, the United Nations Funds and Programs Agencies and representatives from various local governmental and non-governmental organizations were presented with challenging scenarios designed to push them beyond their comfort zones and were exposed to shared experiences in working through the scenarios.

The occasion ended with the presentation of certificates from the Chief Guest, Rear Admiral Naupoto to workshop participants and facilitators.

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