Saturday, December 3, 2016

Col Peggy Etonam Yawa Edjeani Laid to Rest

15 July 2016. The late Colonel Peggy Etonam Yawa Edjeani whose sudden death occurred on 15 July, 2016 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short ailment has been laid to rest at the military cemetery in Osu.

The burial and memorial service held at the Garrison Methodist/Presbyterian church, Burma Camp on Friday, 9 September 2016 in Accra brought together personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces, families, friends and sympathizers from all walks of life.

The late Col Edjeani was born on 28 April, 1966 in Tamale and was the ninth born of ten children. She was enlisted into the Ghana Military Academy in 1992 and commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces Supply and Transport Corps as a lieutenant.

She rose through the ranks to the position of an Acting Director Force Generation and Logistics, General Headquarters (International Peace Support Operations) until her sudden death.

Col Peggy Edjeani served the Supplies and Transport Corps in various capacities ranging from Platoon Commander, Mechanical Transport Officer, Officer Commanding (1 and 5 Movement Unit), Officer Commanding/Chief Instructor Armed Forces Fire Services, Deputy Director (Supply), Deputy Director(Inspections), and Deputy Director (Movement) at the General Headquarters (Supply and Transport).

She also participated in several Peace Support Operations serving in various capacities, serving as a Mechanical Transport Officer and Food Officer in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Ghanbatt’s 40 and 52 from March-September 1994 and March-October 2000 respectively and many others.

Reverend Commander Adjei-Djan in his sermon urged the family and friends who attended the burial service to follow the foot prints of the late Col Peggy Edjeani.  He described her saying, “Peggy lived her life in such a way that you cannot bear any grudge against her.  She was loving, respectful and had a sense of humour with an infectious smile and above all, she was God fearing”.

The Service Chiefs, formation Commanders, Directors General, Directors Commanding Officers, Service Officers both serving and retired, men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces amongst many other prominent civilian sympathizers.

France to support GAF in the fight of terrorism

COAS  Presents   plaque  to   French  Ambassador  Francois  Pujolas.7 September 2016. The French Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Francois Pujolas has pledged his government’s support to fight terrorism in the Sub-Sahara Region of Africa.

He made this statement when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj Gen Obed Boamah Akwa, on Wednesday 7 September, 2016 at Burma-Camp.

Ambassador Francois Pujolas visit centered on how Ghana could cooperate with France and six other African countries  in training to help identify threats of terrorism and fight against it in both Maritime and cross border security. The countries include Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia, La Cote d’ivoire, and Guinea Conakry.

Briefing the COAS, His Excellency Francois Pujolas stated that the joint operational cooperation is an initiative taken by the French government and it would help both French and Ghanaian troops to exchange ideas as far as training was concerned. He added that operational cooperation would help share intelligence on security amongst the various countries.

He said this would commence after Ghana Armed Forces had signed the Joint Document on Operational Cooperation, which he presented to the COAS. His Excellency Pujolas said French troops were already in countries such as Niger and Mali where Ghanaian troops were also participating.

The COAS receiving the document assured the French Ambassador of his maximum cooperation to the success of the initiative in the Sub- Region.

Uncle Ebo Whyte Interacts with Cadets at GMA

6 September 2016. The ace Ghanaian playwright and motivational speaker Mr James Ebo Whyte affectionately called Uncle Ebo has held a lecture for the officer cadets of RCC 56 and SSC/SD Intake 54 at the Academy Hall, Military Academy and Training Schools (MATS) on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

The lecture which is the second in the series was dubbed, “How to spell M.A.N’’ centered on how one should be able to manage his relationship, resources, be accountable and also be astute effectively in all the endeavors.

“As you become officers of this noble profession, it is very important to learn to make good decision and should be able to distinguish what is temporal and authentic. Always vow to have credibility attached to your name and let your children bear your name proudly, after all a good name is better than riches’’, he added. 

He noted as humans, our lives would become meaningful if only we lived for others, society, church adding it could take one person to transform a nation or a generation.

Uncle Ebo therefore seized the opportunity to advise the cadets to appreciate the exposure and knowledge they had acquired in the academy since it was going be the greatest treasure they would ever have.  He asked them to believe in their dreams and work towards them as well.

“Hold yourselves accountable to your lives and most importantly to God Almighty”, the motivational speaker stressed. He also added that they should not look at problems but rather solutions and be courageous.

Uncle Ebo also expressed gratitude to the leadership of the academy for inviting him to lecture the cadets and said he honored the friendship that existed between them. He congratulated the senior cadets who would soon graduate and charged them to go out there and make a difference and change their generation.

The Commander, Ghana Military Academy (GMA), Brig Gen Mike Akpatsu also expressed gratitude to the playwright for taking off his busy schedule to lecture the cadets. He said they were really honored to have him and noted his lecture fell right in line of the academy’s training activities.

He hoped the lecture had inspired them and added they should always live above their own lives and hold themselves accountable to God.

Ghana Armed Forces Delegation Graces MINUSMA Medals Presentation Parade

26 August 2016. A Three-member Ghanaian Military Delegation led by the Ghana Air Force Chief Staff Officer, Air Commodore JYM Nyadodui arrived in Tombouctou to attend a Joint Medals Presentation ceremony for personnel of Ghana Engineer Company 4 and Ghana Military Aviation Unit 2 on Friday, 26 August 2016 at the Sappers Camp, UN Super Camp in Tombouctou. The occasion also offered the team the opportunity to assess the operational readiness of the Contingent.

Briefing the team, the Officer Commanding the Ghana Engineer Company, Major Emmanuel Asia said since the Company took over, it has executed numerous task orders and noted that being the only Engineer Company in Sector West, a lot was expected from the unit.

At an all ranks durbar held at the Sappers Camp, Air Commodore JYM Nyadodui charged troops to remain focus and committed in the discharge of their duties and to continue to raise the flag of Ghana high.

Conveying felicitations from the Military High Command, he reiterated Commands commitment to resourcing the Ghana Armed Forces and stated that the welfare of troops was a top priority issue. He also charged troops to stay away from politics and continue to maintain their neutrality.

On infrastructure development, the Leader of the delegation said a lot had been going on in the Units back home. He cited the recent inauguration of the new office building for the Ghana Navy in Burma Camp and said that the Ghana Air Force office complex which is also under construction was yet to be commissioned.

Air Commodore Nyadodui appealed to individuals who wanted to pursue higher Education to apply through the appropriate channels on time. He also appealed to troops to increase their percentage quota on their Provident Fund contribution so as to enjoy the full benefits and urged personnel to regularly undertake health checks.

As part of the itinerary, the team visited the Tombouctou town where they paid a courtesy call on the Chief Imam of Tombouctou, Abdul Rahaman Ibn Souyoutie.

They also visited the Oldest Mosque of Tombouctou, Mansa-Musa (Djingarey Ber) mosque built from 1315-1320 and the University of Tombouctou also built from 1325-1433 at Sankore in Tombouctou.

Other members of the delegation included, Col Arkorful from General Headquarters International Peace Support Operations and Col James Hagan from the Directorate of Army Peacekeeping Operations.

Ghanaian Peacekeepers Serving with MINUSMA Awarded UN Medals

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Force Chief of Staff, Brig Gen Daniel Menaouine has hailed the distinguished contribution of Ghanaian peacekeepers in Mali for their continued support and participation in the peace process in the country which has been critical in sustaining peace.

He pointed out that the contingent’s performances typify the standard of Ghanaian peacekeepers noted for their professionalism and dedication.

He made these commendations while delivering his speech at a Joint Medals Presentation Parade for personnel of Ghana Engineer Company 4 and Ghana Military Aviation 2 on 26 August, 2016 at Sappers Camp, UN Super Camp in Timbuktu.

Brig Gen Daniel Menaouine also acknowledged the exceptional and numerous tasks undertaken by the Ghana Engineer Company 4 in Sector West such as the construction of the Thales UAS hangers and runway, construction of over 30 prefab accommodation and fifteen ablution units in support of the relocation of MINUSMA staff and Burkina Faso Battalion into the Super camp.

He further stated that the company had undertaken some force protection works at the Sector Headquarters, Timbuktu Airport and the Super Camp. Currently it was constructing a 3km chain- link fence around the airport to improve security.Other ongoing works include; the construction of concrete platform for the relocation of the Nigeria level 2 Hospital and the road network of the Thales UAS operational area.

The Force Chief of Staff continued that he had closely monitored Ghana Military Aviation’s operational activities with admiration. He said the Unit’s ability to undertake several assigned tasks promptly and efficiently which were sometimes turned down by other Aviation units due to threat is a clear attestation of the unit’s level of professionalism.

He added that the unit had carried out a number of tasks, some of which included; the provision of Fixed Wing Tactical Air Transport Service for various purposes, provision of Logistics Support Flight; Air MEDEVAC/CASEVAC as well as general passenger flights since its insertion.

He therefore applauded the two units for their modest humanitarian contribution beyond their core mandate to the local community which has endeared the local populace to them.

Brig Gen Daniel Menaouine also lauded the Ghana Engineer Company 4 and the Ghana Military Aviation 2 for offering humanitarian assistance by providing construction materials for maintenance works at Mansa- Musa (Djingarey Ber) Mosque in Timbuktu and also for donating assorted food items and confectionaries worth Eight Hundred Thousand CFA (800,000) to the SOS Orphanage at Sanankoraba near Bamako respectively.

He however reminded all contingents in the mission that the task ahead could equally be challenging and entreated them to do away with all forms of complacency and maintain a professional posture throughout their tour of duty.

He used the occasion to praise Ghana’s government for sending troops to Mali in support of the peace process and also to the Ghanaian delegation for gracing the occasion.

Commenting on the parade, he said it was an outstanding display of drill and commended the Ghanaian Contingent Commander, GP Capt Raymond Datsa, the Commander of Ghana Military Aviation 2, Gp Capt Reginald Yaw Cole and Commander Ghana Engineer Company 4, Major Emmanuel Asia for their leadership qualities that has led to the successes of their various units.

On parade to mark the day were 5 Officers and 56 men made up of two contingents under the command of Capt Frank Osei Amponsah.

Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were: the Sector West Commander, Brig Gen Kojo Kegnon, the leader of Ghanaian delegation, Air Commodore JYM Nyadodui, Col Akorful, Col James Hagan,some Ghanaian Military Staff Officers and Observers, Unit Commanders, UN Staff Officers, other Military Observers and a cross-section of the Ghanaian community living in Timbuktu.

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