Friday, September 19, 2014

CDS Calls on the Attorney General

23 June 2014. The Chief of the Defence Staff, (CDS) Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie,   has paid a working visit to the Attorney-General, Mrs Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong at her office in Accra.

The two held fruitful discussion on issues that were of importance to the Armed Forces and the office of the Attorney General.  The CDS brought to the notice of the Attorney-General matters of concern to the Military High Command. 

Among the issues discussed were the regularisation of the acquisition of military lands most of which were acquired through proposed acquisitions; the creation of buffer zones along major military installations to prevent destruction to life and property in the event of an accident like what happened to an ammunition dump in Lagos, Nigeria, and the amendment of the Constitution so as to enable military lawyers to equally handle civil cases which directly affected the Ghana Armed Forces.

On her part the Attorney General, Mrs Brew Appiah-Opong called for regular interactions between the legal staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and the staff of her department as well as more interactions with the military high command.   This she said would go a long way to enhance close collaboration between the two institutions.

Present at the meeting were Mrs Helen Zuri, Solicitor General, Mr William Kpobi, Head of Litigation, Mrs Angela Hedo, Assistant State Attorney and Personal Assistant to the Attorney General, and Col Moses KD Gyeke-Asante Director of Legal service, Ghana Armed Forces.

GAF Shares Peace Support Operations Knowledge with Tanzania

22-28 June 2014. A three-man delegation, led by Col Machiya Kuyonza Kini, Commandant Peacekeeping Center (PKC) of Tanzania People’s Defence Force, conducted a one-week study tour of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), from 22-28 June, 2014.

The visit was aimed at studying GAF’s mode of conducting peace support operations. Another reason was to study the organisational plan, structure and mandate of GAF’s Peace Support Operation Centre (PSO), and to know why GAF has chosen to be part of peace support operations globally.

As part of the visit, the team paid courtesy calls on the Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Bobson Saabul, the Commandant Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Maj Gen Obed Akwa, Director General, International Peace Support Operations Brig Gen AK Yeboa and Director Army Peacekeeping Operation, Col NK Kporku.  They all brief the delegation on GAF’s Peacekeeping activities and challenges.  The team later toured the Bundasi Training Camp where they had briefing on pre-operational training activities. 

Col Kini was accompanied by Lt Col Desiderius Conatus Kakoko, Deputy Director Peace Support Operations, and Maj Patrick Kanisuim Ndungunu, staff officer, Defense Forces Headquarters (DFQHQ).

USARAF Sergeants Major Visit GAF

20 June 2014. Sgt Major Jerry McCarrol and Master Sgt Donal Mathena of the United States Army Africa (USARAF), paid a five-day visit to the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS), Real Admiral Emmanuel Akoto Bonsu and the Sergeant Majors within the five Garrison at their various offices in Teshie and Burma Camp.

The visit, which started on the 16 June, and ended on 20 June, 2014, was aimed at strengthening the bond of friendship between the two countries in maintaining world peace and diplomacy. It was also to educate the Sgts major on the responsibilities and qualities of a leader.

In his welcome address, the MATS commandant expressed his appreciation for the support received from the US Army in the area of training, and added that the Sgts Major needed to have in-depth knowledge of modern administration so that there would be an effective link between the officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

The leader of the delegation, Sgt Major McCarrol, expressed gratitude to their host and added that there was a need for them to understand their responsibilities so as to be a part of decision making and implementation of policies within the GAF.

USARAF Sgts Major were accompanied by Sgt Major of the Air Force, Master Air Warrant Officer (MAWO) Adetsu Samuel, Acting Sgt Major of the Army, Senior Warrant Officer Bortsie Jacob, and some Regimental Sergeant Majors of the GAF to the Bundase Training Camp (BTC), the Jungle Warfare School (JWS) and the Cape Coast Castle.

Officers Hold Regimental Dinner Night in DR Congo

22 May 2014. As part of activities marking the United Nations peace medal presentation ceremony for personnel of the ninth Ghanaian Battalion serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO GHANBATT 9), a Regimental Dinner Night was held on 22 May 2014 for officers of the Battalion, Ghanaian Military Observers and Staff Officers serving with MONUSCO as well as members of the Ghana Government and Ghana Armed Forces Medal Day delegation led by Major General Obed Boamah Akwa.

According to the Commanding Officer of MONUSCO GHANBATT 9, Lieutenant Colonel Fred Ntiri, the Regimental Dinner Night was aimed at rejuvenating Mess life as well as teaching officers under his command such old but important tradition. “Importantly, it is also aimed at providing a forum for officers to reaffirm their oath of loyalty and allegiance to the President of the Republic of Ghana as well as any superior set over them”, he stated.

In his remarks, the Guest of Honour for the Regimental Dinner, Major General Obed Boamah Akwa expressed his pleasure at the sterling performance of personnel of the Battalion and Lt Col Ntiri in particular for his good and exemplary leadership. He also lauded the Commanding Officer and his team for successfully organizing such dinner in the mission area where the resources needed for the organization of such programmes are relatively scarce. He added that even in Ghana, various units of the Ghana Armed Forces hardly venture into organizing Regimental Dinner Nights as well as other Mess programmes citing various excuses.

Major General Akwa used the forum to advise officers to be meticulous in carrying out their duties and seek knowledge. He however, warned against misplacement of efforts among officers and urged all and sundry to work towards the success and good image of Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces in particular. “Regimental Dinner Night is an old tradition but still relevant as far as the military is concerned; thus lets uphold the significance of this and other important traditions. On the other hand, we should work at discarding those that have been found to be irrelevant in our current disposition”, he added.

Equally, officers who took part in the dinner expressed their gratitude to Lt Col Ntiri for providing them the opportunity to experience such an event and getting the chance to wear their Mess Kits. “For some of us this is the first time we have taken part in a Regiment Dinner Night since we commissioned from the Ghana Military Academy”, they lamented.

Present at the Regimental Dinner Night were the Western Brigade and Ghanaian Contingent Commander, Brigadier General JK Kwankye and other members of the Ghana Government and Ghana Armed Forces Medal Day delegation, which included Colonel Maxwell Appiah-Kubi, Colonel David Bangsiibu Banoenuma, Lieutenant Commander Veronica Adzo Arhin and Captain Ali Ibrahim.

SP SVCS BDE Team Presents Trophy to SP SVCS BDE GP CDR

17 June 2014. The Support Services Brigade Group Boxing Team has presented the coveted trophy they won in the Army Inter command/Formation boxing competition to the SP Svcs Bde GP Cdr, Brig Gen Musah Whajah, at a ceremony held at the Logistics Base, Burma Camp, on 17 June, 2014.

The indomitable Sp Svcs Bde Gp team lifted the ultimate trophy of the competition, held at the Liberation barracks from 10 to 13 June 2014.Participating teams were drawn from the Northern Command, Southern Command and Sp Svcs Bde Gp.  Each formation was represented by nine male and nine females. After the keenly contested bouts, Sp Svcs Bde came second with 29 points; Ptes Muah Deborah and Sackey Jacob of Sp Svcs Bde were adjudged the gallant loser and best young boxer, respectively.

Both Ptes Yamofio Isaac and Antieh Juliana of Northern Command were adjudged the overall best boxer and best female boxer, respectively.

Brig Gen Whajah, receiving the trophy, commended the participants for their team spirit, hard work, sacrifice, and professionalism, which propelled the unit to win the trophy. He described the success as historic and said it signified good things to come. He urged all and sundry not to sit on the fence but use their individual God-given talent to contribute to advance the course of the Formation. He expressed optimism that personnel would remain resolute and contribute their quota to ensure that the unit would shine in future competitions.

He specially thanked the Commanding Officers of the Forces Pay Office, Col Sampana Babillah, Lt Col Anthony Ntem for their unflinching support to the team. He congratulated the participants and organisers for working hard to chalk up success and making the Formation proud.  He presented an undisclosed sum of money to Ptes Muah Deborah and Sackey for their exceptional performance. 

Participants were awarded certificates of participation and treated to sumptuous lunch.

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