Earlier this year, Terry (pictured) submitted an article to this blog site and it was printed along with a wide range of other pieces about PNG. What was interesting were the comments that came back to the site. One in particular caught our eye. It was written by Colonel Reginald Renagi who was formerly a Chief of Staff of the PNG Defence Force. I have copied this out for you to read below”
“I always salute the Australian Army Chalkies for their dedication and commitment to training the officers and men of the PNG Defence Force since the 1960s into the late 1980s. I remember some good Aussi Chalkie mates who have since gone ‘pinis’ to that great land down under and have now retired to a quieter life. Thank you Chalkies for your services to the PNGDF. You are one of a kind and we will always remember you in PNG.”
This is a remarkable statement of appreciation for our work up in PNG. As teachers we always wonder about the impact of our work and this is an affirmation of the effects and importance of our time in PNG. Our thanks go to Colonel Renagi for this and also Terry who initiated this response.
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