Suva, 10/3 (Jubi)-As many as 650 soldiers of the Army Battalion 715 Motuliato Gorontalo will be posted in the border with Papua New Guinea for 6 months.
The first batch of 325 soldiers left Gorontalo on Sunday (9/3) and while a date for the departure of the second batch is still unclear. According to republika.co.id news portal, the soldiers were being sent to Papua as part of duties to maintain the territorial integrity of the Republic of Indonesia.
North Gorontalo regent, Indra Yasin said the local government and communities support the mission. Yasin said he believed that soldiers are not only dedicated to securing the border but also to the development of the nation.
North Gorontalo government also support the soldiers to serve as teachers in Papua.
Some soldiers who had departed hold teaching certificates.
“They are expected to perform their duties in good health, so they can return to Gorontalo,” Yasin said.
The departure ceremony, led by Brigadier General Santiago Waking Moses, was attended by Otamanasa Commander 22 Infantry Brigade, the military and police officers in the area, as well as the families of the soldiers. (Jubi/Mawel/Tina)