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Ghana Air Force Gets New Hangar

November 20 2014. President John Dramani Mahama, has pledged governments commitment to equipping the Ghana Armed Forces with adequate logistics to ensure the safety and security of the country’s airspace and maintenance of its territories, at the inauguration ceremony of a new hangar, operational equipment and vehicles at the Air Force Base in Accra on Thursday 20 November 2014.

The new ultramodern hanger, named after late Air Marshal John Asamoah Bruce, former Chief of Air Staff, comes with a host of ground support equipment such as a fork lift, refueling browser, five truck, generators and ambulance.

Three rehabilitated hangers were also named after Air Force Officers who served their tenure - Air Vice Marshal Odautey Barnor, Air Vice Marshal James EA Kotei, and Wing Commander Robert W Amonoo-Coleman, were also unveiled by the President.

The President announced plans by the government to get additional aircrafts for the Ghana Air Force training, peace support and combat operations to include Z-9 helicopters from China, Super Tucano aircrafts for training and for assault missions from Brazil, additional M-17 helicopters from Russia and a CASA 295 Plane from Air Bus Military of Spain.

President Mahama said the provision of these hangars all over the bases will provide a secure environment for the storage of aircrafts, thereby increasing their life span. He added that, it will enhance the capacity of the Air Force to maintain the increasing fleet of aircrafts being provided it by government.

“We must sustain the atmosphere of peace and security needed for the development of all sectors of the country, and if we must do that, we must continue to invest in the latest equipment not only for the Air Force, but for all the security agencies”, he added.

 
Warrant Officers advised to Invest on Retirement

14 November 2014. Air Warrant Officers pending honourable release from the Ghana Armed Forces have been advised to invest while on retirement to be self-reliant. The Base Commander in Accra, Air Commodore Maxwell Nagai, stressed this point in his interaction with the 1988-89 year group at the WO/SNCOs’ Mess in Accra on 14 November, 2014.

The occasion, which was observed under a relaxed atmosphere with music provided by the Silver Wings Band, saw the coming together of such warrant officers of the Air Force Base in Accra, their wives and other well wishers.

Briefing the retirees on the need to living a fulfilled life on release, the Director of Resettlement, Col Anthony Kwamla Adokpa urged them to take advantage of the investment opportunities at their disposal so as to make some meaningful returns. He assured them that their Provident contributions were in safe hands and that on completion of their terminal leave, the total amount of money they contributed would be paid into their accounts.

In a welcome remark, the President of the Mess Committee, WO1 Asare Mensah,  said that the occasion was to commend the 26  years of service and selfless commitment of the Warrant Officers of the Air Force Base in Accra to the Ghana Air Force in particular and the military in general.

He stated that it was a singular honour of recognition, as their youthful life has been spent in the GAF, hopeful that the level of commitment they showed would inspire young soldiers to work harder.

The Base Commander, while commending the Warrant Officers expressed his gratitude also to the Magajia and her assistant as well as representatives from financial entities like Forces Help Ghana, NDK Financial Services, and Flogic Group for advising the soldiers on the purpose of investment.

A Certificate of Commendation was awarded to the warrant officers for their selfless service and commitment to the GAF.

A veteran of the UK Army, Derrick Kobina, advised the wives of the Warrant Officers to continue to support their husbands on retirement.

 
GAF to be Given a Face - Lift

14 November 2014. The honourable Minister for Defence Dr Benjamin Kunbuor has said, solving of infrastructural challenges in the Ghana Armed Forces was one of his priorities.  He disclosed this during an all ranks durbar with troops of 3 Garrison at the unit’s Chapel on 14 November 2014.

Dr Kunbuor noted that, the bad nature of roads in the Garrison, renovations of troop’s accommodations and the malfunctioning of 3 Garrison’s sewerage pumping machine are some of challenges that needed immediate attention. He assured Lt Col Edward Awaribey, Commanding Officer 3 Infantry of Battalion who also double as the 3 Garrison Commander of his Ministry’s support in solving the challenges as soon as possible.

The Defence Minister’s visit was for him to familiarize; inspect infrastructural deficits and ongoing projects in the Garrison.

The Garrison Commander conducted Dr Kunbuor round some project sites in the Garrison. The Minister lauded the initiatives taken by Lt Col E Awaribey in mechanizing some bore holes in the Barracks; massive renovations of the Garrison’s Swimming pool, the lawn tennis court, the Ayomah squash court and the Officers Mess.

Earlier, the Defence Minister paid courtesy calls on the Deputy Regional Minister, Honourable Justice Samuel Adjei at his Office, and the Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Asor Mkrawiri II at the Sunyani Hene’s Palace.

The honourable Minister inspected a guard of honour on arrival at the Garrison, continued to the unit’s photo board to update himself with some activities of the Garrison. He was briefed on the Security situation in the Region; administrative and logistical challenges of the Garrison by the Acting Intelligent Officer, Lt Samuel Nana Apeagyie and the Garrison Commander, Lt Col E Awaribey.

The Principal General Staff Officer at the Ministry of Defence, Commodore Samuel Anim, Director General Defence Intelligence, Brig Gen Ayamdo, Director General Joint Operations, Brig Gen VIB – Sanziri, and the Director Army Liaison, Col Samuel Adorkor were some of the Senior Officers of the Minister’s entourage.

The rest were Military Assistant to Defence Minister, Major Robert Talleh, Director Research and Defence Cooperation, Mr Vincent K Adzato Ntem, Assistant Director Ministry of Defence, Miss Freda Agyei Asare, Acting Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Defence Mr George Francisco Ribeiro.

 
Ghana Navy Donates to 37 Military Hospital

13 November 2014. The Ghana Navy has donated some medical equipment, valued at GHC15,000, to two wards, Nkrumah Ward and Gynaecological Ward of the 37 Military Hospital. These wards are for children and women, respectively.

The items, drip stands, medicine trolleys, screens, wheel chairs, plastic chairs, microwave ovens, and steel chairs, cost about Ghc 15,000, and were expected to ease the delivery of healthcare at the two wards.

The equipment was put together through voluntary contributions by Commissioned Officers of the Ghana Navy Mess who felt they should go to the aid of the hospital that always needs some external help.

The Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Navy Headquarters, Commodore Seth Amoama, presented the items to the commanding officer of the 37 Military Hospital, Col Adjei-Yeaboa, on behalf of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, expressing hope that the items would impact positively on both the patients and the hospital.

Explaining the source of their motivation for the gesture, the President of Navy Mess, Commander Francis Nyarko, said that they felt they should do something to support health delivery at the hospital, but chose the two wards because of the fact that women and children are the most vulnerable in society. He said they, therefore, came together to show their love to the patients of those two wards by making financial contributions out of their free will to support the hospital.

According to Commander Nyarko after discussions among members as to how they could assist the hospital at improving its services.   A fund raising event was held at their last mess meeting, where they deliberated upon which wards to support, looking at the quantity of items they were able to purchase.

“After the fund raising, we came to the hospital to find out which ward was seriously hit with lack of infrastructure and we identified the children’s ward (Nkrumah Ward) and Gynae emergency,” he said, adding, ‘even though some other wards lack certain basic infrastructure, the children’s ward was held as priority by Navy officers due to the love we have for children and women who use this hospital so we thought it wise to donate to these wards.”

Commander Nyarko noted that nation building required collective efforts of everyone so they could not sit down without lending a helping hand to running of the hospital. He, therefore, appealed to corporate organisations, and capable individuals to support critical state institutions, most especially hospitals, in the country. He commended his colleagues for the show of patriotism and love for the patients.

Col Agyei-Yeboa was full of praises for the Navy Officers for what he described as ‘exemplary kindness and timely offer.’  He called on other public-spirited people and organisations to follow the praiseworthy example of the Navy Officers, adding that the items would go a long way in serving the intended purposes. ‘We are extremely grateful to the Ghana Navy Officers’ Mess and we hope that others will follow your shiny example,’ he added.

He, however, mentioned that the Hospital needed more of such acts and hoped such a donation would be regular so that the hospital’s challenges would be minimised for the good of the patients.

Present at the occasion included the Deputy Matron of the Hospital, Col Ivy Tamakloe; Nursing Officer Paediatric Ward, Col Mamah Comfort; Paediatrician in Charge, Dr Parbi; Director Technical, Commander Erick Osei; and Deputy Director Technical, Commander Bismarck Akabutu.

 
Junior Officers Gradute from GAFCSC

13 November 2014. A total of 50 Junior Commissioned Officers of the Armed Forces of Ghana, Togo, Liberia, and Nigeria have graduated from the Junior Staff Course 62 at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) on Thursday, 13 November, 2014 at a ceremony held at the College’s auditorium at Teshie in Accra.

Established in 1963, GAFCSC has the mandate to train officers of the Ghana Armed Forces and allied officers of Africa in Command and staff responsibilities so that they can perform efficiently in positions within their organisations.

The Junior Officers undertook a successful environmental study tour of the Volta Region as part of their studies in order to appreciate some of the structures upon which the administration of the country is based.

The tour was also an opportunity for the students to enhance their knowledge of developments in their local communities so that they could have better operational appreciation of such communities in the future.

Certificates were awarded to participants from other sister security services like the Ghana Police, Narcotics Control Board, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana National Fire Service and Ghana Immigration Service, who only joined the course from the Internal Security and Counter Insurgency phase.

The Deputy Minister for Defence, Hon. Alex Segbefia, who was the guest of honour, commended the leadership of GAFCSC for being innovative and realistic in including ‘Response to the Ebola pandemic’ in the internal security package, which, he believed, would help in the education and preparedness for any eventuality.

He asked potential staff officers and commanders to put the interest of the nation in high esteem in whatever decision or action they took, urging them to seek the welfare and development of their subordinates by sharing their knowledge with them and learning from them by listening to them.

Awards were presented to outstanding officers who excelled in various aspects of the course with Flt Lt Seth Aaron Ampene taking home the overall best student award.

In attendance were some high dignitaries including the Togolese Ambassador to Ghana, HE Tete Jean-Pierre Gbikpi Benissan, Brigadier General Adjetey Annan, a past Assistant Commandant of the College.

 
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