The Papua New GuineaDefence Force completed its final exercise for the year onthe Kokoda track. Exercise ‘Southern Express’ successfully came to a halt last Sunday up at Sogeri.
These brave and daring cadets underwent three phases;the first was atthe Goldie River Training Depot wherethe cadets took part in long range shooting. The second was jumping downthe cliffs at Sogeri andthe old high rise building at Waigani. The last phase was walkingthe Kokoda track.
Exercise Kokoda started onthe 30th of last month and showed 17strong Papua New Guinea Defence Force Army Cadets in full combat gear, trackingthe Kokoda trail. It tookthe cadets eight days to walk through Kokoda to finally reach Owen’s Corner at Sogeri.
The cadets comprised of three females and 14 males togther withtheir instructors. The 17 cadets dividedthemselves into three groups.
Group one was led by Captain Harris Gamiuandu, Group two was led by Lieutenant Adolf Kaien and Group three was led by Captain Antony Mota.
Their Senior instructor, Major Vulmore Kagena, was also withthe second group.
Their long journey throughthe difficult terrain and rough nights out camping was very important for the cadets, as this is one essential part oftheir military history lessons.
Their Officer in charge ofthe exercise captain Moka saidthe exercise is very important tothe cadets as it forms part oftheir historical knowledge.
The exercise was also an opportunity to build physical and mental strength.
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