College hosts end-of-year parade to close financial year

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PAPUA New Guinea Defence and Joint Forces College personnel at Igam Barracks in Lae on Friday hosted an end-of-year parade to close the financial year like last year, Lt-Col Joe Terikian said.
Terikian said the biggest challenge for the college and academy this year was to have the enactment of the college bill.
Even the process was slow and frustrating at times.
Terikian congratulated the chief instructor of the academy Lt-Col Mark Kellerton and his hardworking staff for completing the joint training for the joint batch.
“I know it’s not an easy task to train our joint cadets under tiring conditions given our limited logistics, manpower and funding which we are all aware of,” he said.
“The challenges of this year will be no different to next year. I must personally commend your staff, especially the non-commissioned officers for their patients, professionalism, commitment and dedication despite all those issues regarding outstanding training entitlements.
“The chief of Defence Force and our secretary had being made aware of those issues,” Terikian said.
The area commander also acknowledged the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and Correctional Services for their continuous support for assisting the joint services directly or indirectly and hoped that the support would continue next year.
Terikian said the Engineer Battalion had achieved a lot in terms of nation-building.
“With our limited resources, I must admit that we did quite well to support our roles.”

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