Saturday, July 30, 2016

GAFCSC holds Farewell Reception for Brig Gen DK Frimpong (rtd)

16 June 2016. The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), has organized a farewell reception for Brig Gen Daniel Kwadjo Frimpong (rtd) on Thursday 16 June, 2016.

In an interaction with Senior Officers both serving and retired and civilian employees of  GAFCSC, Brig Gen DK Frimpong (rtd), expressed gratitude to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and GAFCSC for the opportunities given him while in service for more than forty three years.

On his part, the Commandant GAFCSC, Air Vice Marshal Issifu Sakib Kadri, expressed appreciation to Brig Gen Frimpong (rtd), for the good works and services he had rendered to GAFCSC and GAF at large.  He noted that GAF had benefitted a lot from Brig Gen Frimpong (rtd) during his tenure at GAFCSC.

The Commandant wished him well in all his future endeavours. He stated that all nations must honour their heroes in a special way to motivate and give confidence to the young ones to emulate.

Following the farewell reception the Colleage presented gifts to him and a citation was read in honour of him.

Brig Gen Frimpong was the Deputy Commandant of the Staff College prior to his retirement.

Brigadier General Pascal Facon calls on COAS

16 June 2016. The Commanding Officer of French Forces Deployed in Senegal (EFS), Brigadier General Pascal Facon, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei at the Army Headquarters in Burma Camp on Thursday 16 June, 2016.

The aim of the visit was to discuss military relations between the two countries and the mandate of the French Forces in Senegal and its consequences on the West African Region.   High on the agenda for discussion was the technical cooperation between the French Forces and member states of ECOWAS in the areas of trans-border issues, maritime security including finding solutions to piracy, money laundering and terrorism.

Major Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei, acknowledged that terrorism has attracted a lot of attention in the Region and become a global threat; therefore, there was the need for a global effort to subdue the threat.

He added that the actions of these terrorist groups does not only rest on the affected countries, but has rippling effects on the entire world.  It was therefore imperative for drastic measures to be put in place to curb the situation.

COAS on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) pledged the Ghana Armed Forces unflinching support in the fight against all global threats and entreated the French Armed Forces to rekindle the training and scholarship programmes awarded Ghanaian Military personnel to enhance their capabilities.

Brig Gen Facon was accompanied by the French ambassador to Ghana, HE Fransois Pujocas.

Incoming FSM Advised to Uphold Tenets of Profession

17 June 2016. The Chief of Staff (COS), Brig General Sampson Kudjo Adeti, has advised the incoming Forces Sergeant Major (FSM), Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), Barker Ramous to uphold the tenets of the profession and not to hesitate to call on his predecessors when the need arises. He said this during the handing and taking over ceremony the Forces Sergeant Majors on Friday 17 June, 2016 at the forecourt of Burma Hall in Accra.

Brig Gen Adeti stated that, the outgoing Forces Sargent Major (FSM), Owusu Dickson began his journey on the hot terrain in Tamale in the year 1986, after undergoing six months Mandatory Basic Infantry training and was posted to 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho.

He said CWO Owusu Dickson served a total period of 30 years and six weeks in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF). He was promoted to the position of Forces Sargent Major (FSM), in 31 St May, 2013 as the fourth Forces Sergeant Major to ascend to the highly privilege appointment in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The Chief of Staff therefore on behalf of the Armed Forces Council and the Military High Command congratulated the outgoing FSM for his marvelous works. He also congratulated the incoming FSM for his promotion and entreated him to follow the steps of his successor. He urged him to maintain his relationship with the outgoing FSM.

COS noted that the work of the FSM was among others to advise, through the appropriate channel on administration of the Armed Force, particularly on matters affecting discipline, moral, and wellbeing of Soldiers, Ratings, Airmen and women, as well as their cordial relationship with the Officers. He therefore, urged the entire GAF to support the office of the FSM.

The outgoing FSM CWO Dickson in his remarks urged his colleagues Sergeant Majors, Warrant Officers and SNCOs to note that Rank was a badge of responsibility that the Military High Command had placed on them. He said it was therefore imperative for them to demonstrate total commitment and loyalty in the Armed Forces.

He also hinted that terrorism was imminent in the sub region nonetheless; soldiers should stay alert, be observant and report all incidents to Command promptly. Moreover, he also advised soldiers to remain disciplined, exercise self-control, obey rules and regulations, and also respect the Chain of Command in the Ghana Armed Forces.

The outgoing FSM advised that, with the advent of the social media, any unprofessional conduct would be reported and given wide coverage than the numerous good jobs soldier were doing, therefore, soldiers should performed their duties in a professional manner and remain apolitical during the upcoming elections.

Combined Joint African Exercise 2016 Ends

The Peace Operations Course and the ECOWAS Combined Joint African Exercise (CJAX) 2016 officially ended on Friday, 10 June 2016 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC).

The course which run for two weeks had 65 participants who were trained with the requisite capabilities to analyze and apply the theory underlying doctrine, principles and procedures involved in the planning and execution of combined operations, evaluate the nature of ECOWAS led military operations and the capabilities that could be made available and demonstrate the skills required for effective group and team work.

It also sought to expose the participants to an advanced and critical understanding of peace operations as a concept and a practice in international system.
In his key note address, the Guest of Honour, Maj Gen Henry Kwami Anyidoho (rtd) disclosed that the changing landscape of armed conflict around the world has occasioned the shift towards integration of activities within peace support theatres with an increasing number of multi- dimensional task. These he noted include: humanitarian relief, stabilization operations, security sector reforms (SSR), support to reconstruction and economic recovery, governance and democracy restructuring among others.

Gen Anyidoho noted that the course would therefore provide the participants with the appropriate platform to better appreciate evolution of peace operations in response to changing conflict dynamics in contemporary times. Additionally it will draw attention and awareness to the command, staff and leadership challenges that participating in peace operation poses to personalities in strategic appointments and senior officers in command and staff position he added.

Gen Anyidoho also observed the knowledge gained would be relevant to the Ecowas and African Union (AU) concepts on standby forces. He commended the African Conference of Commandants for revamping the CJAX based on its unique objectives and acknowledged the tremendous efforts and collaborations between the Command and Staff College of Nigeria and Ghana in the simultaneous and successful organization of CJAX 016 which also embodied the exchange of Directing Staff and Students.


In view of the alarming rate of terrorist attacks and other security threats across the globe, Exercise Epic Guardian, a joint readiness exercise organized under the auspices of the Ghana and US Governments, was held in Ghana from 26 April to 4 May 2016. The objective was to test the preparedness of the various security services and agencies to effectively respond to possible security threats.

The Exercise which was hosted by the Headquarters Southern Command had participants drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, BNI, National Security, Ghana National Fire Service, Ghana Immigration Service, NADMO, National Ambulance Service; making up the Ghana Team, and the US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA); also making up the US team.

Speaking to participants during the opening ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Richard Opoku-Adusei urged all to take the training seriously. He stressed that the threat of terrorism in the country was real and should not be under estimated.  He also entreated participants to pass on the knowledge acquired to personnel of their various Units.

As part of the exercise, participants were made to react to simulated threats in terms of strategic planning and execution, intermediate support, logistics, intelligence and strategic communication, among others.

The exercise areas included the Headquarters Southern Command where the Joint Emergency Control Centre was located and Asutsuare Training Camp which was the Forward Operating Base.

During the After Action review led by Col Stone, leader of the US team, it was observed that the issue of communication stood out more. There were suggestions from both Ghanaian and US teams on the need to make provisions for secured communications and alternative communication systems and devices at all times. Participants further expressed the need for all teams to make available the meanings of code words, terminologies and abbreviations used in their various institutions to ensure effective and efficient communication.

In his Address, the US Ambassador to Ghana, HE Robert Jackson, who was the special guest at the closing ceremony, expressed delight at the efforts and coordination brought to bear by both teams with regards to the exercise. He stated that the mission of the US government in this exercise was to ascertain the readiness of both Ghanaian and US agencies in such situations. He said the performance exhibited by all indicates the preparedness of participating agencies in the wake of eventualities.

Mr Yaw Donkor, the Ghana National Security Coordinator, appreciated the support offered by the US in the exercise. He said the successful conduct of the exercise was an indication of both countries’ preparedness and commitment to fighting the menace. He admonished the Ghanaian agencies to localize all they had learnt to aid fit into the Ghanaian system for an effective and efficient result. He further promised to make logistics available to all agencies for the fight against terrorism and trafficking.

Also present at the closing ceremony were Brig Gen Musah Whajah, the Acting Director General Joint Operations of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel NK Kporku and top officials from the US Embassy.

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