Sunday, October 4, 2015

Air Force Base Tamale Cuts Sod for the Construction of an Ultra Modern Accommodation Facility

27 July 2015. In the quest to improve upon the accommodation situation in the barracks, the Officer Commanding Flying Wing, Wg Cdr J Adu Gyamfi on Monday, 27 July 2015 cut sod for the construction of an ultra modern two (2) storey accommodation facility for personnels.

The project which is being funded by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Samson Oje and an initiative of the Base Commander, Air Commodore GS Evans is estimated to cost about Two Million Ghana Cedis (2,000,000.00).

The two storeys when completed will contain 56 and 24 rooms respectively and will provide accommodation for about 320 young soldiers. The project will also include the construction of six (6) new washrooms and toilet facilities for an already existing accommodation.

Cutting the sod to begin the construction of the buildings, Wg Cdr J Adu Gyamfi said the project is important to provide accommodation for young soldiers. Currently, more than half the number of young soldiers on the base live in town which does not augur well for Unit activities and also makes it difficult for the swift deployment of personnel in times of crisis.

He added that the number of personnel on the base has increase drastically and there is therefore the need to expand the current accommodation facility available to personnels.

Wg Cdr Adu Gyamfi reiterated on the need for all hands to be on deck to assist in the successful completion of the project.  

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GMA holds Induction Religious Service for Cadets of SSC/SD 53 and SMC 56

26 July 2015. The Ghana Military Academy has held its Induction Religious Service for eighty-seven (87) cadets of Short Commission/Special Duties Intake and Standard Military Course Intake 56 on Sunday 26 July 2015 at the Officer Cadets’ Mess.

The GMA Induction Religious Service is held on the arrival of each new Intake to GMA. Apart from being part of the moral training for cadets, the non-denominational service is held to commit cadets into the hands of God for the commencement of their training and career in the profession.

Delivering the sermon under the theme “Called to serve”, the Guest Preacher and also the Former Director of Directorate of Religious Affairs (GHQ-DRA) Bishop Col Paul Adjei Blewu (rtd) said, spiritual beings as we are, we cannot function optimally if we ignore our commitment to our maker.

He noted that all great achievements require time and that successful people do not give up but waits till the ultimate aim is achieved.

He advised the cadets to have faith and trust in God, put on the attitude of Christ and make no room for the desires of the flesh and their selfish interest.

Bishop Blewu entreated all, especially the families of the cadets to continue praying to God to grant them divine wisdom, good health and strength to go through the vigorous demands of their training, graduate successfully and contribute their quota to the peace and stability of our dear country.

The officiating clergy for the service was the Chaplain of MATS Major Winfred Sraha and the Muslim Prayer and Homily was offered by the Imam of MATS Lt S Salifu.The Guest of Honour for the service, Commodore Seth Amoama who is the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) at the Naval Headquarters in his address stated that life as an officer in the Ghana Armed Forces begins at the GMA and the high reputation that the Ghanaian officers have attained over the years is based on the firm foundation GMA offers.

He said in order to be successful and achieve their aim in the academy, the officer cadets must submit themselves to the discipline and orders of the GMA, to uphold the academy’s tradition and practices and to take their training seriously and thus endeavor faithfully to enhance the image of GMA.

“The mad rush for material gains which is now taking hold of this country has no place in the Ghana Armed Forces. If you have joined this profession for money, then you are at the wrong place”, he added.

He reminded and encouraged them to reflect on the GMA Code of Honour which seeks to give them the firm foundation upon which the training in the academy is based; to make them patriotic, selfless and responsible officers for the GAF.

He congratulated them on their selection into the GAF and told them to count themselves highly privileged and fortunate to have been chosen among the hundreds of applicants who sought to enter this prestigious institution.

Despite Group of Companies Lends Support to Disaster Victims at 37 Military Hospital

24 July 2015. The Despite Group of Companies visited the fire and flood victims at the 37 Military Hospital on Friday 24 July, 2015 to lend their support through cash and relief items to ensure their speedy recovery.

Making the presentation on behalf of the Group to the Admin Med, Lt Col Rex Adzagba, the News Editor of Peace FM, Yaw Obeng  Manu,  said the essential drugs, mattresses and cash  donations worth over GH₵34,000 is to assist  the people who suffered severe injuries  on June 3 and are on admission at the 37 Disaster Facility. Accompanying him was the Marketing Executive of Despite Group, Mawuse Goka and the Marketing Manager of Best Point Savings and Loans, Jacob Idan.

Furthermore, he stated that it was part of their corporate and social responsibility to see to the welfare of the unfortunate victims because of the magnitude of the national disaster. He added that it is also to support government and other organisations efforts.

Receiving the items on behalf of the Commander and Staff of the 37 Military Hospital, Lt Col Rex Adzagba thanked the Group profoundly for their generosity and appealed to other well-meaning groups and associations to come to their assistance. He added that, although most of the victims have been treated and discharged, they still continue to report for medical care and attention.

According to Yaw Obeng Manu, the Group has assisted over 157 disaster victims during the period. Some of these beneficiaries were the Police, Ridge and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospitals who also received relief items running into several thousands of Cedis.

The group was taken round to visit the Intensive Care Unit, Tamakloe, Allied and Nkrumah wards, where they interacted with the remaining patients and gave them GH₵1,400 each for their upkeep.

Exercise Tiger’s Path 2015

24 July 2015. A four (4) day Tri-Service Patrol Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare Exercise Codenamed “Exercise Tiger’s Path” has been organised on a competitive basis by the Army training Command from Tuesday 21 July to Friday 24 July 2015 at Akim-Achiase in the Eastern Region.

Launching this year’s exercise, the Commander Army Training Command Brig Gen AK Boimah said the exercise was to sharpen the skills of personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces to be combat ready in order to deal with perceived or potential threats in the country.

During the launching ceremony, Brig Gen Boimah said the exercise was also aimed at testing personnel capability of carrying out detailed task, Command and Control of long range patrols, offensive and defensive operations in internal security and counter insurgency setting. Furthermore, enhancing co-operation and esprit de corps among members of the Ghana Armed Forces and allied Security Services, towards building capacity of joint operations was another goal of the exercise. 

The Guest of Honour acknowledged the resources and efforts the military High command provided for the exercise and urged all participants to inculcate the mental fortitude and determination to project their respective formations to the winning platform.

The 2015 edition of exercise Tigers’ Path, brought into being lots of excitement and friendly rivalry between the competing teams. Participants raced in Navigation, Improvised river crossing, raid operation, Tactical Casualty evacuation, and obstacle crossing among others. Teams were camped in various parts of the jungle for days, walked for long hours, crossed the Birim River using the improvised method, and engaged their enemy in a jungle assault and many others. The activities were climaxed with range works.

The Chief of the Defence Staff  Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie who was also the Guest of Honour for the closing ceremony called for joint exercises in the future among sister security services to enhance mutual cooperation.

At the end, the Support Services Brigade Group emerged winners of the Competition beating defending Champions Southern Command, the Kumasi based Central Command, the Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force.

In all, 160 soldiers drawn from Southern Command, Support Services Brigade, Ghana air Force, Ghana Navy and Central Command respectively took part in the exercise.

North Dakota National Guard Command Sergeant Major meets with Forces Sergeant Major

FSM (CWO) Owusu Dickson and Sergeant Major Brad Heim in a  group photograph with Sergeant Majors from the various services.14 July 2015.  The North Dakota National Guard Command Sergeant Major Brad Heim has called on the Forces Sergeant Major (FSM) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Owusu Dickson on Monday, July 14, 2015 at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Conference Hall at Burma camp, Accra.

The meeting which was attended by unit Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM’s) from various units within the GAF is aimed at discussing regimental duties within the service.

The FSM explained that Sergeant Majors in the units run the military practically and ensure the completion of work in the Armed Forces. He said they were fortunate to have had a good relationship with the North Dakota National Guard and this has enhanced the effectiveness of their activities.

FSM (CWO) Owusu Dickson presenting souvenir to Sergeant Major Brad Heim.Sergeant Major Brad Heim noted that the Non Commissioned Officers in the North Dakota National Guard are the backbones of the United State Army, hence, responsibility for individual training and physical training rest on the Sergeant Majors.

He stated that the training is to prepare personnel for the next level in their civilian lives and assured GAF of North Dakota National Guard preparedness to establish a partnership between the two countries.

Present at the ceremony were Sergeant Majors from the various services of GAF.

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